A Westward Ho! man has been charged with historic sex offences in High Wycombe and Norwich.

Francis McDermott, aged 75, of Atlantic Way, Westward Ho, Bideford, Devon, faces 20 charges of non-recent sexual offences which took place between 1971 and 1978 in High Wycombe and Norwich.

He had been charged with 20 offences relating to six victims.

The offences are: one count of rape of a female under the age of 16; one count of a male person committing buggery with a boy under 16; one count of gross indecency of girl under the age of 14; four counts of gross indecency of a boy under the age of 14; and one count of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.

He is also charged with: eight counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14; three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16; and one count of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16.

Mr McDermott is due at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on October 4.