Man charged with possessing more than 1,400 child sex images

Some images and a video were in the most serious category, court is told

John Garvey


John Garvey




A MAN has appeared in court charged with possessing more than 1,400 child pornography images and videos.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 1, was 39-year-old Michael Tatham of Mulberry Way, Theale.

Mr Tatham is charged with possessing 110 indecent images of children of Category A - which depict the most serious abuse – plus one category A video.

He is further charged with possessing 114 indecent images of children, plus one movie, of Category B.

Finally, Mr Tatham is accused of possessing 1,179 indecent images, and 1 movie, of children of Category C.

All the above offences are said to have been committed in Theale on or before September 7 last year.

Mr Tatham, who wore a white shirt and tie to the hearing, spoke only to confirm his name and address and to say “no indication” when asked whether he wanted to enter pleas at this stage.

Andy Callender, prosecuting, said the offences were so serious they should be heard by a judge sitting at Crown court.

Sidra Quadri, representing Mr Tatham, made no representations on the issue.

After conferring together, magistrates declined jurisdiction.

They told Mr Tatham that they were sending the matter to Reading Crown Court and meanwhile released him on bail until July 4.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

Article comments



    15/07/2017 - 02:02

    hi parents should be ashamed and better be ready for judgement!


  • Ihatejudges

    11/07/2017 - 11:11

    Relrased on bail Justice system an absolute joke in this country!!!!


  • Blizzard

    05/06/2017 - 21:09

    Hell on earth 110 cat A... feel sorry for the plod that had to go through them.



Friends are 'devastated' at death of popular villager

Friends are 'devastated' at death of popular villager

Wife leads the tribute for Metropolitan Police officer and member of local cricket club

Newbury man takes on drinks giant in trademark dispute

Newbury man takes on drinks giant in trademark dispute

War veteran's bid to launch new business scuppered by Monster's claim



Home found for Second World War relic


A happy 100th birthday to you Maisie


Bid to use hall as Newbury homeless shelter