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Ex-BBC presenter Souter to appeal against child abuse conviction

Former BBC radio presenter Michael Souter is to appeal. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A former BBC radio presenter who was jailed for sexually abusing boys over two decades is to appeal.

Michael Souter, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, in Norfolk, was dubbed a "predatory paedophile" following a trial late last year.

The 60-year-old former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter was jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of 26 offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child, and serious sexual offences.

Today, the Court of Appeal confirmed papers had been lodged against both his conviction and sentence.

22 years for former BBC reporter - watch our report

A jail sentence of more than 20 years for a former BBC radio presenter who sexually abused boys he was looking after. 60-year-old Mike Souter from Loddon near Norwich used his celebrity status to groom youngsters.

The Judge at Norwich Crown Court told him it was the most appalling catalogue of abuse. Souter - who worked for Radio Norfolk and who was a Scout leader - insists he's innocent. Malcolm Robertson reports.

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Ex-BBC man jailed for 22 years

Michael Souter

A former BBC presenter dubbed a "predatory paedophile" has been jailed for 22 years after being convicted of sexually abusing seven boys over two decades.

Ex-BBC Norfolk and former Radio Clyde broadcaster Michael Souter was found guilty of 26 offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child, serious sexual offences, and seven counts of possessing indecent images of children at a trial which finished earlier this month.

He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today.

Norfolk Police said the 60-year-old, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, Norfolk, was responsible for "one of the worst cases of prolonged child abuse" officers had dealt with.

Former radio presenter facing long jail sentence

by Malcolm Robertson

A former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter has been found guilty of abusing teenage boys over 2 decades..

It took a jury at Norwich Crown Court less than four hours to convict 60-year-old Michael Souter from Loddon near Norwich.

The Crown Prosecution Service said his celebrity status was a smokescreen for his evil deeds. The Judge has delayed sentencing but warned Souter he will go to prison for a long time.

Souter described as "predatory paedophile"

The trial heard that witnesses had felt unable to come forward because of Souter's high standing in the community.

Souter told the trial that one witness, who claimed he was forced to ask the presenter to stop touching him, owed his later career to his influence and contacts.

Prosecutors also told the court that possible offences committed by Souter abroad, including in Spain where he has a home, had been reported but could not be tried in the UK.

Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's complex casework unit for the East of England Chris McCann said:

"Michael Souter is the classic example of the predatory paedophile who devoted most of his adult life to grooming and abusing young boys while maintaining a facade of the utmost respectability.

"Mr.Souter presented himself to people as a local celebrity from radio and television, happy to be involved in charity events, the Scout movement and as a youth mentor for Norfolk Social Services.

– Crown Prosecution Service

"All this was a smokescreen to hide his true intention: to become close to young boys so he could sexually abuse them, confident that his celebrity status would mean they would not be believed.

"This is the tactic of the classic predatory paedophile who hides behind a facade of respectability to carefully select and groom his victims then subject them to repeated sexual assaults over a period of time."

– Crown Prosecution Service

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Radio presenter guilty of sex offences

A former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter accused of 19 counts of historic child sex abuse has been found guilty by a jury at Norwich Crown Court.

Michael Souter, from Loddon, had denied the charges which related to boys aged between 11 and 16.

He had also denied eight counts of making and possessing indecent images. He was found guilty of six of those charges.

It took the jury less than four hours to return their verdicts

Jury out in Souter trial

Former radio presenter Mike Souter who is on trial accused of child sex abuse Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the case of a former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter accused of 19 counts of historic child sex abuse has retired to consider its verdict.

Michael Souter, from Loddon, denies the charges which relate to boys aged between 11 and 16.

He also denies nine counts of making and possessing indecent images.

The case is being heard at Norwich Crown Court.

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