Two men have been charged by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 July in relation to offences which were allegedly carried out in the late-1970s against an 11-year-old child.

Charles Napier, 66, of Sherborne, Dorset, is accused of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency. Mr Napier is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale, who is chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Richard Alston, 69, of Suffolk, who was a former Headteacher at the New Barns School in Toddington, Glos. faces five counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child.

Both Mr Napier and Mr Alston were arrested in June last year by officers from Operation Fairbank, which was established in 2012 to investigate historical allegations of child sex abuse.

The men were held under a strand of Fairbank called Operation Cayacos. This investigation was set up by the Met Police after the issue was raised of new information on a paedophile ring run by the late Peter Righton in the Commons.

New Barns School was an independent school for children aged between 6 and 12 years old with emotional and behavioural problems, and closed in 1992.


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