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Optician who ran Shifnal shop admits having 'disgusting' animal porn images

By Nick Humphreys | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

An optician who ran a shop in Shifnal has admitted having “disgusting” and “offensive” animal porn images.

Timothy Vanes, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of extreme porn images at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The court heard that between January 2009 and March 2017 Vanes was found to be in possession of 78 extreme images, including some that were described in the charge as “particularly offensive”.

He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of indecent photographs at Telford Magistrates Court.

Vanes, of Summit Close, Shrewsbury, will be sentenced for all charges on March 6.

He ran Tim Vanes Opticians in Park Street, Shifnal, but in January it closed, with a sign in the window stating: “It is with regret that this practice has ceased trading with immediate effect.”

Nick Humphreys

By Nick Humphreys
Senior Reporter

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star focusing on Shrewsbury.

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