A Merseyside grandfather who had sick conversations with a pervert about abusing the fellow paedophile's daughter has been spared prison.

Alexander Dobbie was caught having sick conversations with a man online describing how they would like to sexually abuse the other man's primary school age daughter, who was living in Surrey.

The 59-year-old also described a young girl he knew as "a little cutie" in a number of conversations, which took place between June and November last year, a court heard.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Dobbie, of Marlborough Grove, Oxton, was discussing child abuse with fellow-minded perverts online.

As police monitored one particular individual they noticed Dobbie talking to him via his mobile phone and they raided his home in Bromborough, Wirral.

The court heard that officers then analysed Dobbie's phone which contained 88 indecent images of children, all but two in the least serious category, reported the Liverpool Echo.

For the crown, Christopher Hopkins, said: "Their conversations took place between June 26 and November 1 last year and during the course of the conversations they discussed their sexual preferences and he (Dobbie) indicated he had a sexual interest in children.

"Dobbie said he was specifically interested in girls aged 13 and upwards and asked the man in Surrey to send him pictures. The man said he had mostly those of girls aged 11 - 12. The defendant told him he had a picture of an 11-year-old girl in leather."

Dobbie was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to two offences of making indecent images and one of possessing them.

Defending Dobbie Bernice Campbell said that the defendant's behaviour cost Dobbie his marriage and he was forced to move out of the marital home.

Dobbie was also ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work, 25 days rehabilitation activities and attend a probation course.

He has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years restricting his internet use.