A 'DANGEROUS' pervert who had 11,000 indecent images of children hidden under his floorboards had also taken taken photographs of local youngsters.

Bachelor Stuart Bulling, 39, kept hundreds of DVDs featuring still images and video clips, mostly of youngsters under 10, in the Rawtenstall house he shared with his elderly and frail mother.

Burnley Crown Court was told that a file of images was also found showing youngsters playing near Bulling’s house, which had been taken from one of the two rooms in the property he rarely left.

Bulling had previously been given a six year prison sentence for having indecent pictures and sexually abusing two local girls, the court heard.

The court was told the defendant was caught over the latest offences when he made a rare trip out, his worried brother discovered a DVD with an obscene title.

When police raided the property in July, they also found a pair of girls' knickers under his quilt, a skirt, a tutu, a swimming costume, carrier bags stuffed with children's underwear and girls' socks, and cuttings of schoolgirls from newspapers and magazines.

The defendant, of Hobson Street, had earlier admitted 14 counts of making or possessing indecent photos of children.

More than 10,000 of the images showed children in erotic poses, 500 depicted sex acts between children and adults and over 500 were of the most serious level, four of five, some featuring sadism and beastiality.

Bulling was jailed for two years. He also received a 10 year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from working with children and is already on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Tina Landale, prosecuting, told the court Bulling had been released from custody in January 2005 and his brother, Craig, became concerned he might have again started to download indecent images of children.

Miss Landale said on July 12, Mr Bulling called on his mother, the defendant was out and when he went upstairs, he found one of his brother's doors open. He went inside and found a stack of DVDs. He took the disc with him and found it contained indecent images and also a folder showing local children playing on the grass in front of Bulling's home.

Mr Bulling took the DVD to the police station.

The prosecutor said police went to the property and noticed a part of the floor where the floorboards were exposed and covered with chip board and a rug. They found it concealed a void in the floor and was full of DVDs.

The court was told in July 2003 Bulling got six years behind bars after police found 9,000 still indecent images of children and 100 moving images at his home. Bulling had shots of himself abusing two young girls whilst they were asleep.

David Temkin, defending, said: "His case is that these were all images to satisfy his own needs, whatever society may think of his needs."

After the case, DC Mike Walkden, of the Dangerous and Sexual Offenders' Unit, said :"This was a particularly distressing case, not only because of the sheer quantities of the photos but the very young ages of the chldren. It must be remembered although it is not a contact offence, these people are victims. The defendant is clearly a dangerous individual."

The maximum penalty for making indecent images of children is 10 years imprisonment.