Ex-headteacher’s child-porn shame

Terry Ladlow, of Hunmanby
Terry Ladlow, of Hunmanby

A FORMER headteacher has admitted downloading almost 9,000 indecent images of children.

Church organist Terry Ladlow, 73, of Hamerton Road, Hunmanby, admitted 24 separate charges at York Crown Court, including owning 8,867 illegal images. The offences took place between 2005 and 2010.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. He is due to be sentenced in the week beginning September 5.

Ladlow was alleged to have possessed images in each of the five categories of the ‘Copine’ scale, which is used to categorise the severity of child pornography.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst told Ladlow he must sign the sex offenders’ register.

Psychiatric reports are to be carried out on Ladlow before the sentencing is carried out.

However, Judge Ashurst warned him: “Before you leave the dock today you must understand that the fact bail has been extended must not be taken by you of any indication or promise of what your sentence may be.”

Ladlow moved to Hunmanby in 2004 from Wetwang, near Driffield, and became the church organist at St Oswald’s Church in Filey.

He began a career in primary school teaching at the age of 22 and spent 33 years in the profession, including 20 as a headteacher. He also did some work at the North Riding College, Scarborough, before taking early retirement from teaching at 55.

He taught in many parts of the country including Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Portsmouth and Hull.

Ladlow is also well-known for film-making work. His Yorkshire Heritage videos, of which he has produced a number of editions, have sold more than 28,000 copies.

He created 10 educational documentaries which he sold to schools and the British Council and took part in the Scarborough Silent Film Festival.

His recent projects have included writing scores for silent movies and restoring historic films of Scarborough.