A child protection charity has condemned disgraced former Clydebank councillor Craig Edward.

Earlier today we reported that Edward had been jailed for 28 months at Dumbarton Sheriff Court after pleading guilty in February to hoarding hundreds of indecent images of children – including one depicting a baby.

Now the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has said the 34-year-old “fuelled demand” in such material which can impact children “for the rest of their lives”.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “As a local councillor, Edward held a position of trust within the community, yet at home, he was downloading and creating horrendous images of child abuse.

“These crimes are far from victimless. By viewing and sharing illegal images of children, Edward has fuelled demand in such material which can impact children for the rest of their lives.

“We hope the outcome of this case demonstrates nobody is immune from the law, regardless of the position they hold in society.

“Any adults concerned about a child’s safety or wellbeing can contact the NSPCC Helpline at help@nspcc.org.uk or by calling 0808 800 5000.

“Children who have been affected by this, or any other issue, can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit Childline's website.”

Edward resigned as an independent councillor for Clydebank Central on March 15, a month after he pleaded guilty to three sex crimes.

In court today he was placed on a sexual harm prevention order for five years and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

A by-election is expected to be called for Clydebank Central in due course.