BACKGROUND reports have been ordered into a Borders man found in possession of thousands of indecent images of children.

Andrew Taylor, 36, of Hawick, had more than 3,000 images and 22 videos, featuring children as young as six years old after a raid on a house between October 2019 and April last year.

Depute fiscal Fiona Hamilton told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that concerns had been raised by a former partner over what may be found on Taylor’s electronic equipment.

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More than 100 of the images and nine of the videos were in the most serious Category A.

Taylor, of Havelock Street, initially denied any knowledge but the offending images were located on a mobile phone and laptop.

Sentence was deferred until March 13 for a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and a Restriction of Liberty Order assessment.

Taylor has been made subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.