Child pornography charge man fopund dead

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A man facing child pornography charges in connection with the distribution of material on the Internet has been found dead in a fume- filled car, police said yesterday. Robert Bickerstaffe, 48, a computer technician, was found near a Lake District beauty-spot after being charged with possessing indecent photographs of children.

Mr Bickerstaffe, of Berwick Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, was on police bail after being arrested and charged last Thursday following a long-running police surveillance operation at Liverpool University computer centre. The father of three, a senior technician at the centre, was found dead in a lay-by at Watermilloch, near Glenridding, beside Ullswater.