Retired teacher bailed on sex charges


A 75-year-old former teacher at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, has appeared before the town’s magistrates charged with indecent assaults on pupils in the 1970s.

John Mead, of Timbrills Avenue, Sabden, indicated not guilty pleas to all charges. He was sent on bail to Preston Crown Court.

The four offences are alleged to have happened at youth hostels in Helvelin and Grasmere in the Lake District and two at Slaidburn in the Ribble Valley, on the same boy, all while they were on school trips. All the boys were under the age of 14.

A condition of bail is that he does not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.