Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Stowmarket: Former music teacher appears in court charged with child sex offences

13:05 12 February 2014

Derek Cable appears at Bury Magistrates Court.

Derek Cable appears at Bury Magistrates Court.

Archant

A former Suffolk teacher and school band leader appeared in court today charged with historic allegations of sexual assault against one of his students.

shares

Former Stowmarket Schools Concert Band leader Derek Cable is accused of three counts of indecent assault against a boy, between January 1975 and May 1976.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place during private tuition he was giving to the boy.

Nick Wray, defending Cable at Bury Magistrates Court, told the court that the 73-year-old denied the charges.

The case was committed to Ipswich Crown Court, with a trial window of between June 30 and August 8.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said: “This is an allegation whereby when the defendant was a music teacher, he’s accused of sexually assaulting a young student under the age of 16 on three separate occasions during private tuition at a school.”

Cable, now of Hastings, spoke only to confirm his full name and address, and kept his coat on throughout his brief appearance in the dock this morning.

He was released on unconditional bail to appear at Ipswich Crown Court next month. The preliminary hearing will take place at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday, March 4 at 10am.

Cable, formerly of Edgecombe Road, Stowmarket, was music director and conductor of Stowmarket Schools Concert Band, which he founded in 1961.

The band was highly-regarded and had toured the United Kingdom, Spain, France Germany and America.

shares
The scene of the accident on the A133 at Weeley between a push bike and a van.

A cyclist has died in hospital following a collision with a van on the A133 at Weeley.

Fire Fighters damping down the fire at The George Pub in Wickham Market in 2013

No progress has been made on the restoration of the pub by its new owners, who bought the site from Punch Taverns for £62,000 last year.

Tony rasping his 49th horse of the challenge - the 1000kg Suffolk Punch 'Oswald' owned by Sue and Andrew Wager of Heybridge.

A vet took on a charity challenge with a difference as he rasped 50 horses’ teeth across Essex and Suffolk in just 24 hours.

Armed officers at the scene of an arrest connected with a robbery in Felixstowe

Four men have been arrested following an armed robbery in Felixstowe on Friday night.

Festival goers learn archery at Mersea Island Festival, an adventure break for children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability, at Essex Outdoors in Mersea.

The annual Mersea Island Festival has seen people try out a range of adventurous activities.

Police are investigating after rope was tied across a road

‘Lives are being put at risk’ – that’s the warning from Essex Police after motorists had to manoeuvre around a rope which was tied across a road.

Writer and historian Dr Mark Felton

A historian and author from Colchester whose book has been picked up by Hollywood has released a new thriller based on another daring Second World War mission.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich.

The number of high earners at Suffolk County Council has risen for the first time in four years, according to new figures.

Toby Freeman from Robin Cancer Trust, Ben Payne from Reflective Ice Limited and Angie Diggens from St Helena Hospice are teaming up to have a charity night at the Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink in Colchester Castle Park.

An ice rink planned for central Colchester this winter will be taken over by local charities for a night.

Knives handed in during an amnesty at Clacton Police Station

A survey by a weapons awareness charity has found one-quarter of youngsters in Clacton have been threatened with a knife.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages