A former teacher who taught at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn has been questioned by police following claims of historical sexual abuse. The man is now 75 years old and was arrested on suspicion of an indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 at a youth hostel in Slaidburn between 1970 and 1971, the police have said.

He has also been questioned over a second indecent assault against another boy. This is alleged to have taken place at a youth hostel in Cumbria in the early 1970s. The ex-teacher has been released on police bail.

Another man, former York primary school teacher, Richard Arthur Oldham, 31, now of North Tamerton in Holsworthy, Devon, admitted six charges of sexual assault on two boys. He also admitted to making and possessing indecent images of children, filming children as they changed for swimming lessons and three counts of voyeurism. This month Oldham was jailed for six months at Leeds Crown Court.

Judge Jameson said he was particularly concerned about the filming at the swimming baths, saying many of the children featured might never be identified and many people in York will wonder whether Oldham possessed images of them. Detective Sergeant Adam Normanton, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I would like to thank the children and their families for coming forward to the police and I acknowledge and praise their courage as they prepared to give evidence at trial.”


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