A paedophile has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 300 indecent images of children.

Guy Lawrence, of Prestatyn Close in Stevenage, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to possessing 369 indecent images of children.

The 48-year-old had also previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a sexual act with an animal, and two counts of breaching a sex offender order.

Lawrence, who was bailed following his guilty pleas in January while he awaited sentencing, was reported missing on March 11 and was found in Stevenage two days later.

He was then charged with possessing a bladed article - a lock knife - to which he pleaded not guilty on March 15.

He has been remanded in custody until April 16, when he will appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court for this additional charge.