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Former Norfolk teacher extradited to UK to face sex charges

16:54 26 April 2013

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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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, 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 after his British passport needed to be renewed.

Rush, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, returned to this country on Thursday following his arrest and appeared at Norwich Crown today 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 date back to the early 1970s.

He said: “It was an old case by the time it was due to be tried back 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 was issued for him.

He was arrested in France last year and returned to this country on Thursday.

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

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