Payouts over abuse by Stowmarket teacher Derek Cable

Derek Cable
Image caption Cable was found guilty of indecent assault and indecency in 2003

Ten former school band members who said they were sexually abused by a music teacher will receive compensation totalling £210,000, a lawyer said.

Suffolk County Council is to settle a claim on behalf of 10 ex-members of Stowmarket Schools Concert Band.

Derek Cable, then 63, was jailed in 2003 for four years for offences against five boys and a further five alleged victims then came forward.

The council said it had made no admission of liability.

Cable, who taught at Stowmarket Middle School, set up the band in 1961 and the claimants were members between 1964 and 1984.

Cable was convicted of 10 offences of indecent assault and eight of gross indecency against five boys.

'Cigarettes and alcohol'

They took place between 1970 and 1983 when the five boys were aged between 10 and 14.

When sentencing, the judge at Norwich Crown Court told Cable: "Cigarettes, alcohol and, in one case, cash was used in order to groom them for your own particular purposes."

The claimants' solicitor, Andrew Grove, said the settlement had been agreed after six hours of negotiations between lawyers for both sides.

"The meeting agreed a total compensation package of £210,000," he said.

One of the claimants would receive £42,500, with others getting amounts ranging from £35,000 to £5,000.

In a statement, the council said: "Suffolk County Council has made no admission of liability in this matter and does not intend to comment further upon the terms of any settlement."

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