BREAKING NEWS: Four men cleared of outraging public decency at Holkham

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Four men have this afternoon been cleared of outraging public decency at a West Norfolk beauty spot.

Unaninmous not guilty verdicts have been returned on Mark Godfrey, 54, and Steven Hunt, 32, of Corbyn Shaw Road, Lynn, along with Richard Hook, 50, and Daniel Smithson, 47, both of Alma Terrace, Norwich.

The jury of six men and six women took less than two hours to reach their decisions. Two of the defendants cried in the dock of court number three at Norwich Crown Court as the verdicts were read out.

The four men had admitted taking part in sexual activity on Holkham beach on August 2 last year, but argued they could not be seen at the time of the incident.

Earlier, during her summing up of the case this morning, judge Kartharine Moore told the jury to put aside any sympathies they may have about the case, or any disapproval of the activity they were undertaking.

She also warned them the men’s admissions of sexual activity were not enough on their own to convict them.

She said they had to be sure that at least one other person, as well as the estate warden who caught them, was capable of seeing the activity, even if they did not do so.

She said: “You must be sure. Nothing else is needed, but nothing else will do.”

Earlier in the case, Holkham estate warden Andrew Bloomfield claimed that at least two other people who he had seen in the area just before encountering the group would have had a clear sight line over the area.

But the defendants themselves insisted there had been no-one else in the area while the sexual activity, which they claimed had taken place for a maximum of three minutes, took place.

They also claimed not to have seen any other person when they walked back to the car park where they were met by police.