[Scout] Youths Deny Making Up Allegations

[Scout] Youths Deny Making Up Allegations

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Spalding police constable John Bates – charged with indecently assaulting young boys – has been described by a police inspector as “a first-class leader and scout organiser”.

Insp Keith Woods, also an administrator of scouts, told Nottingham Crown Court that 35-year-old Bates had devoted a great deal of his spare time to scouting.

Spalding Guardian, Friday July 8, 1983

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PC [John Bates] On Sex Charges – ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’

PC [John Bates] On Sex Charges – ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’ – claim

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A Spalding policeman and scoutmaster betrayed the trust put in him by indecently assaulting teenage boys, a court has heard.

John Edward Bates (35) was described as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character – on the one hand he was said to be a pillar of society, on the other a man who interfered with youngsters while they were in his care.

Spalding Guardian, Friday July 1, 1983 – Reporter: Pauline Hill

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