Jury told boys [scouts] were shown ‘blue’ films

Jury told boys [scouts] were shown ‘blue’ films

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A policeman loaned hard-core sex magazines to fellow constable John Bates – who in turn showed them to teenage boys, a court has been told.

The pornographic magazines were stored at Holbeach police station in PC Alan Williams Bradley’s locker, Nottingham Crown Court heard on Friday.

The magazines and three “blue” films were shown to excite the boys while they visited Bates, a scoutmaster, at his flat in Spalding, said Mr Desmond Fennell, QC, prosecuting.

Lincolnshire Free Press, Tuesday July 5, 1983

Bates (35), of 75c Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, is charged with 11 offences of indecently assaulting boys aged between 11 and 15, and four of committing serious sexual offences with three boys, aged 12 and 14.  He pleads not guilty to all the charges.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Bates’ flats at 3 Gore Lane, Spalding, 75c Pinchbeck road and at scout camps across the country.

In uniform

Bates is alleged to have driven to one scout’s home in his police Panda car, wearing full uniform, twice indecently assaulting him and once committing a serious sexual offence.

On one occasion – a few days before Christmas 1981 – Bates sent the boy’s younger sister to a nearby shop in a village outside Spalding, giving her £1 to buy chocolate as a present.

The boy told the court he could not have gone to the shop because Bates had him pinned down on the settee.

Another youth, now 16, told how in 1981 he had been invited to spend the night at Bates’ flat in Pinchbeck Road.

They went out to a pub, where the boy drank a pint of cider, and the two returned to the flat at midnight, when Bates started to touch him.

“I was shocked and frightened, and I struggled,” the boy said.  “I didn’t say anything.  I was frightened.”

Mr Brian Smedley, QC, defending, alleged “the boy had made up the whole story”.  But the boy looked shocked and replied loudly: “How could I make that up?”


Pc Alan William Bradley, now stationed at Boston, told the court he had joined the Lincolnshire police in 1974.

While Pc Bradley was stationed at Holbeach, Bates often used to borrow explicit sex magazines from his fellow constable’s locker at the station.

He also borrowed three pornographic movies called “Oh Paris”, “Nymphomania” and “Love Nest”, on occasions.

Pc Bradley told the court on Friday he had borrowed two of the films from a friend, and “Love Nest” was his own.

But when the constable married in 1979, his wife refused to have the films in the house and Pc Ernie Marriott looked after them.

The court heard earlier in the week that Bates had shown pornographic books and films to several of the boys who visited him at his home.

One boy, now 17, and living in the Holbeach area, said he had seen the films when he went to Bates’ Gore Lane flat.

On settee

The boy said when he was about 13, Bates had tried to pull him towards him while they were on the settee, saying “Just relax”.

“I didn’t like it in the slightest,” the boy told the court.

He said he had later visited Bates at his Pinchbeck Road flat.

“Usually when I went alone something would happen,” the boy said.  “I felt I couldn’t really stop John because he was stronger than (to page 2) me.  I didn’t try and stop him, but I wanted to stop visiting him.

“I thought I was being pushed into going to see him, because he would ask me why I hadn’t been to visit him.  I recall once he said I had a lovely body, and that distressed me.”


During last week’s hearing, the court was told how rumours of sex offences had been heard by one boy’s parents in May last year.

At first, the boy denied anything had happened between him and Bates, but later told his father about indecent acts which had taken place between them.

The boy’s father, who lives in Spalding, telephoned his son’s other scout leader, Mr David Smith.

“I said my son would not be attending a weekend camp, as had been previously arranged,” the man said.  “I said I wanted to discuss certain matters with him after the weekend.”

The father rang Bates and asked if he would be going to church that evening, as Bates was a member of the St Mary and St Nicolas church choir.

He arranged to meet Bates at his flat at 8 pm, and, with another parent, confronted the scoutmaster with the accusation: “You have been messing about sexually with our boys.”


But Bates said he was “staggered” by the claim and denied touching the men’s sons, adding: “I didn’t touch them.  I would have been a fool to do that.”

The boy’s father replied: “Yes, that’s exactly what you have been.”

The man’s son, who is now 15, told the court how Bates had indecently assaulted him while he was looking at “girlie” magazines at the Pinchbeck Road flat. Bates is alleged to have said: “I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.”

And he said how, at a scout camp in Cumbria, Bates gave the boy French kisses in his tent and next morning said: “You are hot stuff” – loud enough for fellow scouts to hear.

Mr Smedley said the boy had made up the allegations with two other boys, because Bates had ticked them off for allowing one boy’s girlfriend to spend the night in their tent.

The boy denied anything had happened between them and the girl, saying she had only asked to stay with them because she was cold in her tent.


One of the boy’s friends and a fellow scout, who is also 15 now, said he had felt jealous when the other boy went to Bates’ tent while they were camping in Cumbria.

He was also shown pornographic magazines and said he was indecently assaulted by Bates in his Pinchbeck Road flat and at the camp site in Cumbria.

Asked by Mr Smedley if he had made the allegations up, the boy said: “No.  That’s a load of rubbish.”

When asked why he had not told anyone about the incidents, the boy said: “I tried to keep our relationship a secret.  I didn’t want anyone to know, but my mother asked me about it.”

Another boy told the court he had been indecently assaulted by Bates when he and his brother were staying at the flat.  He claimed he was assaulted on Bates’ settee after his brother had gone upstairs to bed.

The court was told that Bates had met the brothers when he called at their home in uniform to take statements after they had witnessed a road accident.

He encouraged them to join the Spalding scouts – although the boys lived miles out of town.

The case continues.

Reproduced with kind permission of the Lincolnshire Free Press. Tuesday July 5, 1983

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