Pensioner faces 17 sex charges

A pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters appeared in court again on Wednesday charged with a further sexual offence against a young boy.

A pensioner awarded the MBE for his charity work with youngsters appeared in court again on Wednesday charged with a further sexual offence against a young boy.

Henry Day stood in the dock of Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court to be charged with one count of gross indecency against a boy aged under 16 in Hemsby on November 12, 2003.

Day, known as Harry, has run the Young Citizens' Guild in Hemsby, since 1972. His latest court appearance now means he has been charged with 17 counts relating to gross indecency involving boys.

Most of the offences relate to alleged incidents at Day's Hemsby camp

The 69-year-old from Wood View, North Walsham, only spoke this week to confirm his name and address and that he had understood the court proceedings.

Magistrates committed Day to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday when he is expected to enter a plea against all 17 gross indecency related charges.

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His lawyer Annette Hall made no representations.

In July, Day appeared at Yarmouth magistrates charged with 11 offences relating to gross indecency against two young boys at Hemsby and Essex between 1985 and 1990 and one offence of perverting the course of justice.

Seven of the charges concerned gross indecency against the boys and there were four counts of inciting gross indecency.

Last month, Day stood in the dock again to be charged with five counts of gross indecency against young boys in Hemsby between 1973 and 1992 and one offence of a serious sexual nature against a boy between 1982 and 1986.

He will now appear at the crown court on Tuesday to answer all of the charges.

Day 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 guild's camp where young people carry out beach safety patrols.

The Young Citizens' Guild was set up by Day in Walthamstow in 1957 and he moved his organisation to Hemsby in 1972.

He was granted unconditional bail by magistrates.