Shameful radio DJ Tom Davies found dead ahead of conviction over child abuse footage


A radio DJ who was about to be convicted of possessing child abuse images has been found dead.Tom Davies’ body was found at a Sunderland property on July 16, Northumbria police confirmed today.

Officers found the body of the 54-year-old man after receiving information about a man’s disappearance, the force confirmed.

Davies was well known in Teesside for his Tom’s Talk-in show on TFM Radio, based in Stockton in the 1990s, Teesside Live reports.

But earlier this year, he admitted three counts of making indecent pictures of children earlier this year, and was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing last week.

Radio DJ had to reappear in court for conviction

An investigation is underway, but it is not believed that there are any suspicious circumstances, authorities said.

Police said officers found the body of a 54-year-old man on Sunderland property on July 16, after the force received a report of concern for the well-being of a missing man.

“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is ongoing, but it is not believed that there is any third party involvement,” Northumbria police said in a statement.

“A report has been prepared for the coroner and an inquest will be held in due course. ”

Davies was due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on July 17.

The court had previously heard how he tried to argue that he only had the footage because he was working on a documentary on the matter.

Tom Davies outside Newcastle Crown Court in an earlier hearing

However, a judge told him that whatever the reason he downloaded these images, there was no lawful excuse.

And the prosecution said it doesn’t believe Davies’ explanation for his offenses.

Ben Campbell, defending, said Davies understood that by simply having the material he had become part of the “market” for indecent images of children.

During Davies’ radio career, he was the first voice heard on TFM’s sister station Magic 1170 when it launched in 1998.

His late night talk show drew thousands of listeners.

He worked during a stint in London with former Radio One DJ Bruno Brookes and spent two years as Program Director at Liberty.

Davies has also worked with Century Radio and Smooth Radio.

Most recently, he had worked for Zetland FM on a Sunday morning show.


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