A PAEDOPHILE who hid memory sticks full of child porn and fled to Thailand after he found notes on his door telling him 'you're a dead paedo' has been jailed.

Police raided Russell Jordan's home and found thousands of wraps of cannabis and tens of thousands of pounds in cash.

While searching the home, officers removed coving and found the concealed memory sticks, which had thousands of sick images and videos of children on them.

The 48-year-old went on the run from police for 18 month, selling the home shortly after being arrested and bailed by investigating officers.

He was arrested by police in Hong Kong and extradited back to the UK after spending time with a woman he had befriend online.

Jordan stood in the dock at Reading Crown Court and was handed down a total sentence of two years and six months by Judge Ian Grainger.

Richard Witcombe, prosecuting, told the court that police raided Jordan's home in Bartholomew Street, Newbury, on August 1, 2016 and found 6,000 bags of wrapped skunk cannabis, weighing almost half a kilo behind kitchen kickers and behind a water tank.

Bundles of cash totalling £21,000 pounds were found in three locations.

"In a panel above the coving in the living area was a hard drive, a memory card and a computer tower.

"On examination the indecent images of children were discovered," said the prosecutor.

In all almost 15,000 images were discovered with 173 images and videos classified as the most serious and another 128 in the category B classification with the majority in the Category C band.

Jordan admitted three counts of possessing the indecent images, including one charge of possession of extreme porn which showed sex with an animal.

Mr Witcombe revealed he had been jailed in the last 10 years for both possession of indecent images of children and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Michael Edmund, defending, told how he had fled Newbury when neighbours heard about the nature of the police raid and he found a note threatening him.

He also said that he spent three months in 'appalling' conditions in a Hong Kong prison while waiting to be moved back the UK, where he was also physically beaten when fellow inmates found out what he was wanted for.

Mr Edmund said: "It was an extremely difficult experience, with 40 other men, in appalling conditions, where was subjected to physical violence."

Judge Grainger said his previous offences were an aggravating factor and ordered that he be placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely and he was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which forbids access to the internet, until a judge allowed him back online.

Jordan, of Bartholomew Street, Newbury, admitted possession of a Class B drug, cannabis with intent to supply, possession of criminal property more than £21,000, as well as the five child porn charges.