A PERVERT, who was sentenced for downloading thousands of indecent images of children, was told to delete his internet browsing history by his bank.

In April 2016, James Aherne, 53, of Osbourne Grove, Bolton, admitted possessing 355 of the most serious category A photographs and videos of children, 759 category B images and 94,528 category C images.

He was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning him from deleting internet browsing history.

But last year it was discovered that Aherne had deleted his browsing history on a tablet and a mobile phone belonging to him.

Aherne, who pleaded guilty to three breaches of his sexual harm prevention order, claimed his bank had advised him to delete his internet history after he had concerns over security.

During a trial of issue at Bolton Crown Court, Keith Jones, defending, played an audio transcript of the conversation which proved Aherne was telling the truth.

Handing Aherne a 12 month community order with a 25 day rehabilitation activity requirement, Judge Timothy Stead said he was confident Aherne’s actions were not “sinister” and said he had “gone about things the wrong way”.

He was ordered to pay £400 costs.