November 2018

Archery teacher sentenced to 13 years in prison for sex offences

FOLLOWING an investigation, a man has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for charges of child sexual offences that took place in Evesham.

Andrew Ward, 53, of Evesham Road, Norton, Evesham was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, November, 23 following a five-day trial.

The jury found him guilty of one count of rape of a female under 16 years, six counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 years and three counts of making indecent photographs of a child under 16 years.

The offences happened between October 2016 and January 2017 in the Evesham area.

At the time the offences occurred, Ward was working in a position of trust as an archery teacher and scout leader, although these offences were not linked to either organisation.

The court heard the investigation was launched after concern was raised by a member of the public.