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Charity worker denies indecent assaults

PUBLISHED: 16:03 20 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 03 July 2010

A NORFOLK pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters today denied 22 charges relating to indecency against young boys.

Henry "Harry" Day appeared in Norwich Crown Court for the first day of his trial.

A NORFOLK pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters today denied 22 charges relating to indecency against young boys.

Henry “Harry” Day appeared in Norwich Crown Court for the first day of his trial. The jury is expected to be sworn in tomorrow and the case could last up to six weeks.

He denied a range of offences including indecent assault, indecent assault against under-16s, incitement to indecent assault and carrying out an indecent act. There are eight alleged victims and the charges date over a period from 1973 to 1995.

The 69-year-old also denies perverting the course of justice after allegedly contacting a witness in the case in an attempt to persuade them to change their story.

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.

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.

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

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