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Former teacher faces sex charges in France

A former teacher from Surrey has appeared in a French court to face child sex offence charges.

Mervyn Rush, 67, formerly of Dorking, Surrey was arrested in France under a European Arrest Warrant in May.

He faces 24 charges including sex offences against children in Norfolk in the 1970s and breaching bail in 2000.

Rush did not enter a plea and did not speak as he appeared at Norwich Crown Court wearing a dark blazer and open-neck shirt.

Prosecutor Stephen Spence told the court that Rush had been due to stand trial before leaving the UK and had been at large for "some time".

Rush was remanded in custody until the next hearing on July 22.