Further sex abuse claims against Souter

Detectives are investigating further allegations of abuse against former BBC radio presenter Michael Souter after he was convicted of a string of child sex offences.

Ex-BBC Norfolk broadcaster Souter, 60, of Loddon, Norfolk, has been found guilty of 19 sex offences, including indecent assault, indecency with a child and serious sexual offences, against seven boys aged between 11 and 16 between 1979 and 1999.

Souter, who was involved in the Scouts and a social services youth mentoring scheme, was also convicted of seven counts of making and possessing indecent images of under-18s.

Speaking after the jury at Norwich Crown Court found him guilty of a total of 26 charges, Norfolk Police confirmed a "live inquiry" was continuing into outstanding claims.

A total of 595 people have been identified as witnesses and it is understood a number of these have raised concerns about Souter's behaviour.

A spokeswoman urged anybody who may have been a victim to contact officers.

"Anyone who may be affected by anything raised during this trial can contact police," she added.

"Norfolk Constabulary is committed to working with partner agencies to prevent child sexual exploitation, support victims and bring offenders to justice."

– Norfolk Police spokeswoman

Speaking after the case, one man who was employed by the BBC in the 1980s, said many people had long held suspicions about Souter.

"One of the first rules I was told when I started at the BBC was 'never be in a room alone with Mike Souter'," he added.

"It didn't come as any surprise to me when I heard he had been charged."

– Former BBC employee