Tourist attraction Dinosaur World has closed down after its owner was convicted of possessing sadistic sex videos and images.

David Hill, 54, was also placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years while the harbour-side attraction is boarded up after he admitted having sadistic videos of women and still images of child sex abuse.

He also possessed videos of women having sex with dogs or horses or having their breasts pierced with hypodermic needles or nails, Devon Live reports.

Dinosaur World had been run by Hill since it opened in 2010 and the local business community in Torquay, Devon, was shocked when he announced it had ceased trading.

It is marketed as a fun interactive indoor exhibition of dinosaurs and fossils.

Dinosaur World owner David Hill has been convicted of sex offences

Police raids in August 2019 found scores of shocking images after seizing Hill's home and office computers.

Carolyn Custerson, the chief executive of the English Riviera Business Improvement District, confirmed Hill had informed the group Dinosaur World was no longer trading and he was resigning his membership of the English Riviera Attractions organisations.

She said: "Subsequently we have learned of Mr Hill's conviction.

Dinosaur World in Torquay has closed down

"We were all entirely unaware of this, nor any of the circumstances that led to this conviction. Naturally we are all shocked."

Hill was convicted at Exeter Crown Court, where Judge Timothy Rose said: "The offence you committed was extremely serious and aggravated by the fact it was committed over a length of time and that you were actively seeking out images."

An analysis found 31 category A images, showing adults having sex with children, and 164 less serious child abuse images.

There were also 314 movies showing adult women having sex with dogs or horses or having their breasts pierced with hypodermic needles or nails.

He was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake a sex offenders' course during 40 days of rehabilitation activities.

Hill must also pay £425 in costs while he was put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years with a sexual harm prevention order allowing police to monitor his internet activities over the same time period.