20/01/2012 11:26 GMT | Updated 20/01/2012 11:26 GMT

David Price Jailed For Paedophilia After Being Extradited From China

A paedophile who was the first person extradited from China to the UK after he skipped bail on a false passport has been finally jailed for seven years and eight months.

David Price, 69, fled abroad in October 2003 after being caught with hundreds of images of himself and others sexually abusing children under the age of 13.

He was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting 21 specimen counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

Price, from Southport, Merseyside, travelled to Kenya and Tanzania before Merseyside Police tracked him down in Hubai Province, central China, where he was teaching English to primary schoolchildren.

Police spent the next six years monitoring his movements as the Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service worked to secure Chinese cooperation with his arrest.

The two countries do not have an extradition treaty but the handover was eventually secured through a diplomatic agreement.

Price was arrested by the Chinese last May and brought back to the UK under Merseyside Police escort in November.

Due to the extradition arrangement, the Crown Prosecution Service was not able to charge Price with specific sexual assault offences.

Judge Mark Brown told Price that he would have received a "considerably longer sentence" if this were not the case.