A MAN is facing jail after he admitted collecting more than 20,000 indecent images of children over a seven-year period.

Nicholas Mills, 24, of Blackthorn Gardens, Quedgeley, pleaded guilty to nine offences of making indecent photographs of children between May 7, 2007 and February 8, 2014.

He also admitted a tenth charge of possessing 1,055 Category A images (the worst status), 2,839 category B images and 16,117 Category C (the least serious status) on February 7 this year. Mills said nothing other than to confirm his name and reply ‘guilty’ to each of the charges during the hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

Defence solicitor Sarah Jenkins asked for a pre-sentence report on her client. She said there was background information about Mills which she did not want to mention in court but would be of benefit for the judge to know.

Addressing Mills, judge William Hart said: “Because of the large number of images you are at very real risk of an immediate custodial sentence.

“Don’t go away under any illusions.”

Mills was released on bail and will be sentenced at the same court on Thursday, September 18.