Former Norfolk youth leader Harry Day jailed for another three years for sex offences against boys

Harry Day, pictured in 2002.

Harry Day, pictured in 2002. - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

A former Hemsby youth leader was jailed for another three years this morning after admitting a string of sex offences against boys dating back decades.

Henry Day, 76, (known as Harry) was already serving a 13-year prison sentence for similar offences against boys. Day was originally convicted in 2009 of 20 sexual offences, including gross indecency and incitement, against eight boys.

Today at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Bate sentenced Day to a further three years in prison, to run concurrently, following his guilty plea to an additional seven offences of indecent assault against four victims all under the age of 16 at the time.

These offences took place between 1969 and 1986 at the Young Citizens Guild at Hemsby – a charity initially launched by Day in the 1950s to help young people grow into confident and community-minded citizens.

Detective Constable Mark Stratford, of Norfolk Constabulary's Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: 'The victims were extremely brave to come forward and report the abuse which took place decades ago.

'It is clear Day preyed on these young boys, the youngest of which was just nine years old at the time, for his own sexual gratification.

'This was a terrible crime committed against children, many of who relied on Day for support and to provide a positive future for them. Day took advantage of his position and abused the trust of many, including parents.

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'We can only hope, such a sentence will help give the victims a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.

'We also hope that the results of this case highlight to other potential offenders how robustly Norfolk Constabulary will investigate and deal with such offences.'

Day was charged by officers from Norfolk Constabulary's Child Abuse Investigation Unit in July 2015 after one of the victims came forward. He was later charged with further offences against a fourth male taking the number of victims Day has been convicted of offences against to twelve.

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