January 2020

Paedophile bought motorhome – leaving police unable to find him for five years

A paedophile arrested for having more than 86,000 child abuse images went travelling around the UK in a motor-home for five years – leaving the police unable to prosecute him.

Peter Renou came to the attention of Leicestershire Police after he accidentally uploaded 21 images to the internet.

In October 2014 they raided the 73-year-old’s home in Griffin Close, Shepshed, where Renou, who worked milling animal feed, readily admitted to having child sexual abuse images, which he said he treated like a stamp collection

He handed over eight USB memory sticks and a laptop which police would later find 86,304 images and videos on.

Prosecutor Joey Kwong told Leicester Crown Court on Monday: “He admitted he had been collecting the images.

“He did not believe it was wrong as he was not paying for it and he said it was like collecting stamps.”

After his interview at Coalville Police Station in November 2014, Renou was released on police bail and he sold his home, quit his job and went travelling in a motorhome.

After failing to get hold of him in Shepshed, detectives contacted the Department of Work and Pensions, Renou’s bank and his sister in an effort to track him down but no-one could provide them with an address.

They even tried tracing where he was withdrawing cash but he always moved somewhere else after making a withdrawal.

The divorced granddad was living 350 miles from Shepshed on the outskirts of Inverness when he was finally found by the police after another approach to his sister in October 2019.

He voluntarily attended Euston Street Police Station in Leicester and was charged.

He later admitted possessing indecent images at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and was committed to the crown court, which has greater sentencing powers.

Judge Rhona Campbell said the fact Renou had gone missing for five years was part of the reason she could suspend his jail sentence as he must have known he had an obligation to stay in touch with the police.

She also commented on the huge number of illegal pictures and videos found at his home.

She said: “The number of items in the collection was a simply flabbergasting sum.

“You described that as being just like a stamp collection for you