Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds/London: Suffolk man Richard Alston, 69, and Charles Napier, 67, appear in court on historic child sex charges

13:38 29 July 2014

Two in court on historic child sex charges. Photo PA

Two in court on historic child sex charges. Photo PA

Archant

A 69-year-old Bury St Edmunds man and the half-brother of a senior Essex Conservative MP have appeared in court accused of historic child sex offences.

Richard Alston, of Vinery Road, Bury St Edmunds, is accused of five counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency with a child.

Charles Napier, 67, from Dorset, is accused of one count of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency. He is the half-brother of Maldon MP John Whittingdale.

The charges date back to the late 1970s and concern an alleged victim who was 11 years old at the time.

Both men appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today. Their cases were committed to Southwark Crown Court where they are next scheduled to appear on August 12.

Their conditional bail was renewed.

The pair, smartly dressed in jackets and ties, spoke only to confirm their names and dates of birth and that they understood what was happening.

They were arrested last year under Operation Cayacos, a strand of a wider investigation which was launched following claims by MP Tom Watson.

In 2012 Mr Watson used parliamentary privilege to claim that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang.

He wrote to Scotland Yard, who launched criminal investigation Operation Fairbank, which has since spawned two more inquiries - Fernbridge, which is looking at claims linked to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London, in the 1980s, and Cayacos.

Mr Whittingdale said when the men were charged: “I am aware that my half- brother has been charged with an offence alleged to have occurred over 35 years ago.

“I have no knowledge of this, particularly as I had only just left school at that time.

“However, obviously I recognise that this is a serious matter and that the law must take its course.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Suffolk Police have launched a double murder investigation after two men died after being stabbed in Ipswich on Thursday.

A man and a teenage boy were stabbed this afternoon in Ipswich at West Meadows near the Whitehouse Interchange.

Police have said they are “anxious” to find an Ipswich woman who has been reported missing.

A heavy police presence on the westbound side of the A14 opposite the Whitehouse Asda on Bury Road was reported this afternoon.

For many it signals the start to the Christmas holidays – and today the festivities started for those people when the Coca-Cola truck rolled into town.

A proposal to offer some children “short breaks” away from their families as an alternative to being put into care has received unanimous backing from the county council.

Police are releasing CCTV images of potential witnesses as work continues to trace missing Corrie McKeague.

Through our iwitness24 site, readers are able to share their photos of Suffolk’s top beauty spots, of landmarks and of some of our amazing wildlife in action.

The largest ever ship to call at the Port of Ipswich has passed under the Orwell Bridge – with less than half a metre to spare.

Community leaders have agreed to formulate plans to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds of developer contributions on infrastructure projects in east Suffolk.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24