May 2014

Former army major who held MBE who is a convicted paedophile is unmasked as owner of a children’s karting arena

Nicholas McKeown is now living at Royal William Yard, Stonehouse, Plymouth. McKeown owns and works at Plymouth karting and combat gaming.

In 2007, the then, Major Nicholas Charles McKeown MBE was convicted and jailed for possessing and making indecent photographs of children. Some were considered at the most serious level of child abuse images. 

They ranged from babies to girls aged up to 10 and children in their early teens. McKeown also admitted in court that he had a fetish for girls in uniform

When our undercover photographer went to Plymouth karting today, it was full of families with young children. Nicholas McKeown was wandering amongst them. Nobody had any idea of his disgusting past, and at one point he even sat at reception welcoming visitors including young children.

Former Major McKeown was appointed the MBE in 1997, however it was revoked in 2008 after his conviction for child abuse images. McKeown evaded from having his picture taken when he was convicted, so we have tracked him down to make sure the public know who and what he is.

McKeown is a well known businessman in Plymouth, sometimes rubbing shoulders with celebrities like Nicholas Hamilton, Half brother of Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, took a break from racing touring cars to accept the Mercedes-Benz South West karting challenge against Plymouth Argyle football club and Plymouth Albion Rugby Club. Nick Ponting, the UK Landspeed record holder also dropped in to visit. But it seems he has kept his past buried until today!

December 2007

Army major Jailed Over Child abuse Images

A decorated Army hero who had 4,658 child abuse images on his laptop has been jailed for 18 months

Major Nicholas Charles McKeown MBE, who was in the Army Air Corps, said he was simply exploring his sexual curiosity and fetish for girls in uniform.

But the helicopter pilot and trainer, who was based at RAF Waddington, had downloaded explicit pictures of babies.

More than 50 pictures were considered at the most serious level of child abuse images, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Major McKeown (48), who had led the Blue Eagles helicopter display team, served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

He once ran across a minefield to try and save three servicemen in a crashed and burning Lynx helicopter, the court was told.

McKeown admitted 14 charges of possessing and making indecent photographs of children.

These ranged from babies to girls aged up to 10 and children in their early teens, prosecutor Phil Howes said.

McKeown, based at the station’s Air Warfare Command, kept the computer at his home in Chichester Road, Bracebridge Heath.

Lincolnshire Police searched the house on advice from German police, finding child abuse images alongside McKeown’s adult porn, he said.

Judge Michael Heath said: “You have explained what you did by saying you were exploring your sexuality.

“In doing that, you downloaded images of young children and those young children were grossly abused.”