Former teacher due on trial accused of child sex offences

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A FORMER teacher is due to go on trial accused of a string of indecency offences against children.

Timothy Ernest Edward Bleach, aged 76, was charged following an investigation into non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation and abuse by Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion.

Police said today that Mr Bleach, of Hazel Walk, Broadway Park, Petersfield, will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday for trial by jury after entering a not guilty plea at a previous hearing.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘He was charged on Thursday, February 11, 2016, with 71 counts of criminal acts involving a number of girls under the age of 13 during the 1970s in Hampshire.

‘Mr Bleach was a teacher at Weyford Junior School in Bordon during the time of the alleged offences in the 1970s.

‘He was charged as part of Operation Marmion, Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing review of non-recent CSE and abuse cases.

‘The review includes a re-examination of available evidence, and the offer of additional support alongside partner agencies to those affected by CSE and abuse.

‘The work of Operation Marmion also involves child protection specialists from local authorities.

‘Previous victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse or anyone with information can contact Operation Marmion detectives at Hampshire Constabulary’s Southern Training Headquarters at Netley by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101

‘Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.’