Two charged with historical child sex abuse

Two men have been charged by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse.

Charles Napier, 66, of Sherborne, Dorset, is accused of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

Richard Alston, 69, of Suffolk, faces five counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child.

The offences were allegedly carried out in the late-1970s against an 11-year-old. Mr Napier is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

Mr Napier and Mr Alston have been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 July.

The men were arrested in June last year by officers from Operation Fairbank, which was established in 2012 to investigate historical allegations of child sex abuse.

The men were held under a strand of Fairbank called Operation Cayacos.

Mr Whittingdale is chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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