A FORMER Cheshire Police officer who was caught out in a paedophile hunter sting has been jailed.

Bryn Majid sent explicit pictures to what he believed was a 12-year-old girl on the Kik messaging service.

But the 59-year-old – who served with the force in the Halton area before becoming a custody suite officer – was actually talking to another police officer who was working undercover over a period of three months earlier this year.

When his then home on Hale Road in Widnes was raided in May, 151 indecent images were found on his laptop and phone.

Majid, now of Old Coach Road in Runcorn, admitted attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child and three counts of downloading indecent images.

He was handed 20 months behind bars by judge Denis Watson at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, October 23.

The defendant was also told to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and subjected to a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.

Forfeiture and destruction of the seized devices was also ordered by the judge.

Detective superintendent Chris Warren, of Cheshire Police’s professional standards department, said: “As a former police staff member working in the role of custody investigator, he knew that what he was doing was against the law.

“He held a position of trust and he agreed to abide by the clear guidelines about the standards expected of him.

“Disappointingly, as this conviction shows, his behaviour was totally inappropriate and he clearly failed to meet these standards.

“While Majid pleaded guilty and resigned from the force, that does not in any way excuse his behaviour and I hope that the outcome of this case reassures the public by demonstrating that nobody is above the law, no matter what position they hold.”