A paedophile who started his new collection of a million indecent images of children while on a suspended sentence for the same thing has again been spared jail.

Darren Brazier was first given a chance by a judge at Swindon Crown Court in 2010 when he was caught with more than 100,000 vile pictures and movies.

But within five months the 36-year-old was back downloading vast quantities of images of child rape on to his computers, tablets and phone.

And when police caught up with him almost seven years later they found more than a million illicit files on his collection of devices.

Now after hearing he had sought help in the 17 months since his latest arrest a judge said he would give him a last chance, and not activate the sentence.

Instead he suspended another jail term after hearing he was getting help from a counsellor. In 2010 another judge was told he was seeing a psychiatrist.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said in November 2017 police made an unannounced visit to his home and asked to see his computer.

They immediately saw he had been looking for the depraved material from the search terms he had used, and seized his devices.

They took two laptops, two tablets a mobile and a computer tower which when searched were found to contain more than a million pictures and movies.

She said the search terms had included looking for ‘preteen’ material as well as ‘daddy daughter’ images.

When he was questioned he said that he had slipped back into his old habits despite having strong support in place from his family.

Brazier, of Thresher Drive, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and having prohibited images.

Lucie Stoker, defending, said in January last year he started seeing a counsellor as he tried to address his addiction.

She said when he became depressed he returned to seeking out the material and the last time he downloaded it was five months before his arrest.

The court heard that the current sex offenders programme was less rigorous than the one he completed last time, but similar to anything done in custody.

Judge Jason Taylor QC said: “These offences began just five months after that sentence was imposed and despite the specialist help you were getting for that order.

“I accept you are genuinely remorseful. You have taken steps to address your offending behaviour. I have seen a letter from your therapist which encourages me.

“I am encouraged that the last download was in June 2017, that was several months before your arrest in November 2017.

The judge imposed a 22-month jail term suspended for two years and told him to complete the Horizon sexual offenders’ programme. He must also abide by a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and register as a sex offender.