Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

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

PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:52 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

Award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr is returning to Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion next month to perform the show he gave a sneak preview of a year ago.

A host of cigarettes were stolen during a break-in at a newsagents in Needham Market in the early hours of Friday morning.

This weekend sees the tapes go up on another season of speedway at Foxhall Stadium.

A restaurateur has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after being caught speeding 10 times within six weeks, including eight times on the Orwell Bridge.

Four people in Ipswich have been arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs offences after flats in town were raided today.

Police investigating the disappearance of Corrie McKeague are “clearly” missing “detective skills”, according to a former senior detective, but Suffolk police have hit back at the claims.

Ambulance crews have been held-up caring for patients at hospital emergency departments in Suffolk and Essex for more than five hours at a time.

The chief executive of national charity Mind has said leaders need to “turn rhetoric into reality” in order to truly bridge the gap between physical and mental health services.

The winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down says he has no intentions of becoming “super famous” – and just wants to carry on enjoying ceramics.

There have been calls for common sense over a series of partial road closures around Stowmarket, which are causing congestion on several main roads.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24