Philip Blanch guilty of 1970s sex charges in Surrey

A 78-year-old man from Suffolk has been convicted of sex offences carried out in the 1970s in Surrey.

Philip Blanch, of Belaugh Avenue, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty to three indecent assaults and was found guilty of three others at Guildford Crown Court.

He was found not guilty of three charges of gross indecency with a boy aged under 14 and four charges of rape, while eight other charges were dropped.

He is due to be sentenced on 2 January.

Blanch has been released on bail until his next court appearance.

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