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Man, 69, denies boy sex offences

PUBLISHED: 09:49 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:48 03 July 2010

A PENSIONER who was made an MBE for his work with youngsters is due to stand trial after denying a string of sexual offences against young boys at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

A PENSIONER who was made an MBE for his work with youngsters is due to stand trial after denying a string of sexual offences against young boys at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

Henry Day, also known as Harry, pleaded not guilty to a total of seven offence against boys as young as 11-year-olds between 1973 and 2002. He was bailed to a provisional trial date of July 20. The trial is expected to last more than 20 days.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Day's Young Citizens' Guild camp in Hembsy, near Yarmouth. Most of the charges are for gross indecency and there is one charge of a serious sexual assault.

Day, 69, of Wood View, North Walsham, has run the Hemsby charity since 1972 and organised holiday and weekend camps for hundreds of young people to help them develop into responsible adults.

He was awarded the MBE in the 2004 New Year Honours list for his voluntary work and he has also received a British Empire medal for his work at the Hemsby camp where youngsters carry out safety patrols on beaches.


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