Search

After 13 years on the run in Middle East, ex-north Norfolk teacher brought back to face sex charges

PUBLISHED: 09:28 27 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:28 27 April 2013

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

copyright of Archant © 2010 01603 772434

A former Norfolk teacher facing sex charges dating back to the early 1970s who went on the run for 13 years has appeared at Norwich Crown Court after being brought back from France.

Mervyn Rush, 67, a former teacher at Beeston Hall School, a prep school near Sheringham, was extradited from France this week after he was arrested there when he applied for his passport to be renewed.

He was previously charged with a number of sex offences committed in Norfolk in the early 1970s.

After failing to appear at a crown court hearing on July 3 2000, he was arrested in France under an European arrest warrant in May 2012 after he applied to the British embassy in Paris when his British passport needed to be renewed.

Rush, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, returned to the UK on Thursday following his arrest and appeared at Norwich Crown on Friday charged with 24 sex offences and breach of bail offences.

William Carter, prosecuting, said that Rush, who had been a teacher at a prep school, was charged with a number of offences of a sexual nature and the charges dated back to the early 1970s.

He said: “It was an old case by the time it was due to be tried, but in 2000 Mr Rush absconded. It would seem he went abroad to the Middle East where he has been, I understand, teaching.

“His passport required renewal and last year or the year before a renewal was sought and he contacted the British embassy in Paris.”

The court heard the embassy then notified the authorities about Rush, who has a property in France, prompting a European arrest warrant to be issued for him.

No application was made for bail and Rush was remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on June 7.

Other news

49 minutes ago

Tom Jones fans spent hours queuing for his show at Holkham Hall after a crash at Fakenham left roads gridlocked.

As schools break up for the summer, we asked readers for their views on the seaside resort...

33 minutes ago

It was a huge weekend for Holkham Hall this weekend as it hosted the extremely popular country fair and a concert by singing legend Tom Jones.

08:00

The headteacher of two Norfolk primary schools has revealed they will ditch homework and instead encourage families to spend quality time together.

Most Read

50 minutes ago

Police were called to Center Parcs in Elveden and hundreds of people told to stay in their lodges after a customer “reported overhearing someone mention a suspect device”.

Read more
Suffolk police

As schools break up for the summer, we asked readers for their views on the seaside resort...

Read more

It was an emotional week as Peter Dugdale visited his birthplace of Cromer, accompanied by his daughter Jenny.

Read more
49 minutes ago

Tom Jones fans spent hours queuing for his show at Holkham Hall after a crash at Fakenham left roads gridlocked.

Read more
Twitter
Yesterday, 16:17

A Hawaiian-style catamaran, a one-man paddle steamer and a brick-shaped boat manned by lego men were among the crazy craft competing in this year’s Sheringham Carnival raft race.

Read more
Sheringham Primary School

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 14°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter