Search

Retired teacher admits sexual abuse at former Norfolk school

11:10 16 June 2012

Alan Brigden admitted sexually abusing two children

Alan Brigden admitted sexually abusing two children

Archant

A 67-year-old retired maths teacher yesterday admitted sexually abusing two children more than 30 years ago.

The charges against Alan Brigden, of Nieuwe Weteringstraat, Amsterdam, arose out of a long-running inquiry into allegations relating to the former St George’s School, which was originally based in Wicklewood, near Wymondham, before moving to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

It is understood that at the time of the offences Brigden was teaching at Wicklewood and at a school in Sussex.

Brigden appeared before a judge for a plea hearing at Ipswich Crown Court and admitted four offences of assault with intent to commit buggery and four offences of indecency with a boy under the age of 14.

He also admitted six offences of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.

The offences took place between 1977 and 1980.

The case was adjourned to a date to be fixed for Brigden, who is being held in custody, to be sentenced.

Nicholas Bleaney, for Brigden, who was extradited to the UK from Holland in January, said his client realised he was facing a lengthy prison sentence.

He said Brigden was in a poor state of health and said psychiatric and medical reports had been prepared on him.

Afterwards Suffolk police’s head of public protection, Det Supt Alan Caton, said: “The passing of 35 years has not hindered the legal process.

“Time may make our investigations more complicated but it will not stop them.

“We will robustly investigate any offences brought to our attention, however old.

“I commend those boys, now men, brave enough to speak up about their suffering years ago.”

Other news

Peter Stuart (left) whose body has been found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who is missing.

The arrested son-in-law of murdered Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart now faces no further action, police confirmed on Wednesday.

08:42
Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian Burt

A question mark hangs over the future of the East Anglian devolution deal after it was rejected by two councils.

09:46
The search for Syliva Stuart who is missing from her Weybread home.

A judgment on the extradition case against suspected Suffolk double murder suspect Ali Qazimaj is due to be made on Monday.

07:30
Richard Bacon leads a visit of his How Should Norfolk Grow intiative to Poundbury, in Dorset.

With little in the way of road markings and factories nestled comfortably between homes and shops, Dorset’s Poundbury is known for shaking off traditional planning rules.

Most Read

07:30
Richard Bacon leads a visit of his How Should Norfolk Grow intiative to Poundbury, in Dorset.

With little in the way of road markings and factories nestled comfortably between homes and shops, Dorset’s Poundbury is known for shaking off traditional planning rules.

Read more
Richard Bacon
09:46
The search for Syliva Stuart who is missing from her Weybread home.

A judgment on the extradition case against suspected Suffolk double murder suspect Ali Qazimaj is due to be made on Monday.

Read more
United Kingdom
Mon, 08:49
Residents in a canoe on the flooded Low Road at Scole. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Heavy rain and thunderstorms saw many parts of Norfolk hit by flash floods over the weekend.

Read more
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Yesterday, 11:01
Cookie when she was rescued in January by Redwings Animal Sanctuary and the RSPCA. Picture: Submitted.

A man from Forncett St Peter, near Long Stratton, has been given a suspended prison sentence and 10-year ban from keeping horses after three underweight horses were rescued.

Read more
Diss
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Chenery Travel at Dickleburgh.

South Norfolk-based Chenery Travel unexpectedly stopped trading on Friday, leaving Norfolk County Council to rearrange school routes operated by the company.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up