16 years for Cumbrian Scout master who abused boys A former scout master from north Cumbria who abused young boys over three decades has been jailed for 16 years.
Norman Thompson, 66, had admitted 29 sexual assaults against seven victims, the youngest being just nine. He had also pleaded guilty to making and storing indecent images of a child. Judge Peter Davies told the defendant: "You are disturbing and manipulative and it's an all too commonplace practice. "People like you undermine and terrify families and ray band aviators educational establishments alike." He was sentenced the News Star uncovered disturbing evidence that Thompson was a ray ban frames sunglasses friend of another Cumbrian scout leader now serving five years in jail for sexually abusing boys he boys in his care. Like Thompson, Ian Beeby, 63, admitted a string of sickening sex offences against children who were in his care. A cub scout leader in the Allerdale area for 12 years, Beeby carried out some of the abuse while as he took boys for weekend trips, on some occasions camping expeditions to the Lake District. There is evidence Beeby and Thompson lived near to each other in Aspatria and were friends, volunteering with the same scout group in Allerdale at the same time, and targeting their victims in similar ways. The most recent publicity prompted one person with scouting links during the period to speak out about the two sexual predators. "They definitely knew each other," said the man. "They shared a HQ. The were both involved with the scouts [in the same town]. Beeby used to run the Wednesday night cubs group. The Scout group was on Fridays. Beeby would organise trips away to see the RAC Rally. "He'd run a competition perhaps painting a picture. "The winner would new ray ban sunglasses win a trip away, or a 'sleepover' in his car on a camping trip." The man said that Thompson became possibly the most influential volunteer in the scout group he volunteered for, and he ploughed "a ray ban all black lot" of his own money into taking the scouts away on trips. Both were volunteers in the 1980s. The man said: "They definitely knew each other. "I remember having a conversation with Thompson after Beeby was done in the 1980s. I specifically remember Thompson saying that he was the only person who was Beeby's friend at that point; and that he needed friends." It has also emerged that police first investigated Thompson for alleged abuse in 1997 but for reasons that have not yet been revealed he was not prosecuted. He was however thrown out of the Scouting Association. In a statement, officials from the organisation said they had cooperated with the police during that earlier investigation. Yet it was not until last year that Thompson was finally brought to justice for his crimes. The man added: "I'd like to know why when the Scout Association had enough information to permanently exclude him why it was felt there wasn't enough evidence for the police to bring a case?" In court this week, prosecutor Tim Evans told Judge Peter Davies that Thompson committed his first offence in 1984, when he was 33. The most recent offence was in 2000 three years after the Scout Association permanently excluded him. A spokesman for the Scout Association said: "We are aware of the Thompson case. "He was permanently excluded from the Scout Movement in 1997 when following a police investigation we found that Thompson had breached our safeguarding policies. "He has not been involved with the Scout Movement since the late 1990s. We cooperated fully with the Police during their 1997 investigation and the investigation they have just undertaken. "The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to strict guidelines outlined in the 'Young People First' Code of Good Practice." Kath Stipala, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac), said that similar cases have happened across the country in similar situations in schools, youth clubs, and scout groups. Napac runs a national helpline, whose number is 0808 801 0331. Locally, one of the most prominent charities helping victims of sex abuse is Safety Net, which is based in Carlisle but helps victims in both east and west Cumbria.
The charity's number is 515859. Victims can also call the Bridgeway 0808 118 6432. Based at Penrith, this is a dedicated service that helps men, women, children and young people in Cumbria who have been raped or sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past.
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