Ex Sabden teacher (75) denies school trip sex assault claims

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 ’70s.

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

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

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