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Hartest: Police find body at home of man accused of child sex offences

13:23 11 February 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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Police have found a body at the home of a man who failed to turn up at court to face child sex offence charges.

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Martin Knock, of Hartest, near Bury St Edmunds, was due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday for the first day of his case.

The 49-year-old, of The Row, Hartest, had previously denied 10 charges of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 between July 2007 and July 2010.

The alleged offences were said to have happened in Lavenham.

Knock had also denied three charges of assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration between July 2007 and July 2009.

A spokesman for Suffolk police confirmed that officers went to a property in The Row, Hartest, at about noon yesterday, where a man was found dead.

The spokesman added: “The man’s death at this stage is being treated as unexplained but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

“Formal identification of the man has not taken place – therefore police are not able to confirm any details about the deceased man.”

The coroner has been informed.

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