Pensioner faces more indecency charges

A Norfolk pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters has been charged with further indecency offences against young boys.Henry Day has run the Young Citizens' Guild in Hemsby, near Yarmouth since 1972 and organised holiday and weekend camps for about 100 children to help them develop into upstanding members of the community.

A Norfolk pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters has been charged with further indecency offences against young boys.

Henry Day has run the Young Citizens' Guild in Hemsby, near Yarmouth since 1972 and organised holiday and weekend camps for about 100 children to help them develop into upstanding members of the community.

Last Thursday night Day, know as Harry, was charged by police with five counts of gross indecency and one offence of a serious sexual nature against boys who were aged under 16.

The fresh charges relate to alleged incidents at the Young Citizens' Guild between 1973 and 1992.


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He will appear at Yarmouth Magistrates' Court On Monday, October 6 to be formally charged with the six offences.

In July Day, 69, of Wood View, North Walsham, appeared at the same court to be charged by magistrates with 11 offences relating to indecency against two boys.

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At the July hearing it was alleged that Day committed five offences of gross indecency against the boys at the Hemsby camp between 1985 and 1990.

Two other indecency charges related to incidents alleged to have happened in Dagenham, Essex over the same period.

He was also charged four counts of inciting the two boys to commit gross indecency and one offence of perverting the course of justice.

Day is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Monday, September 29 in relation to the July charges.

In the 2004 New Year honours list Day was awarded the MBE for his voluntary work and he has also been given a British Empire medal for his work in helping young people aged eight to 18 grow up to become responsible citizens.

Youngsters at the guild carry out safety patrol on beaches and have helped look for lost children, rescued oil covered birds and aided in cleaning up dangerous substances, including cyanide.

Day originally set up the Young Citizens' Guild in Walthamstow, London, in 1957 and he moved his organisation to Hemsby in 1972.

The guild has been awarded the Queen's award for Voluntary Service and last June a civic reception was held at county hall in honour of the group's 50th anniversary.

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