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Ex-head, 95, in court charged with child sex offences

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court Credit: PA

A 95-year-old retired headteacher accused of committing a string of historic sex offences against children will appear in court today.

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges against against six girls and six boys between 1954 and 1979 at Birmingham Crown Court.

The pensioner, who was born in May 1919, is accused of nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault, and eight other sexual offences.

He worked at the privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms, Shropshire but one of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, West Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three allegedly occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

Twenty eight charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls said to have taken place in south Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.

A previous hearing was told that Mount denies all the charges.


Residents describe shock at alleged pub axe murder

Local residents have described their shock following an alleged axe and knife attack at a pub which left one man dead and several others injured.

A murder investigation has been launched following the attack at The Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth. Credit: SWNS

One local, who came home after 2am to see the police activity, told the Western Morning News that the incident was "not the sort of stuff you expect in Tamerton".

Another added: "It’s a very close community and everyone says hello to each other and stops to chat. It’s a big shock.”

Phil Edmonds, who has lived in the area for a while, told the BBC: "This is such a lovely little village, it is really shocking, I was gobsmacked really."

Axe found at scene of Plymouth pub attack

Police have confirmed that an axe has been recovered from the scene of a fatal attack in a Plymouth pub.

A knife, which was also reportedly used in the incident at The Kings Arms pub in the early hours of Thursday, has still not been located, Devon and Cornwall Police added.

We are asking local residents to keep an eye out for anything discarded in their bins or gardens that seems suspicious and to call police if anything is found.

– Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell
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