King’s Lynn paedophile scoutmaster victim welcomes sentencing

David Yallop, pictured with wife Tiffany, has spoken out

David Yallop, pictured with wife Tiffany, has spoken out

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The sentencing of a paedophile scoutmaster Barry Warren has been welcomed by his victims.

David Yallop was one of the first to tell his story to police about Warren and is now hoping to encourage more victims to come forward.

Warren, 78, of Clifton Road, Lynn, was sentenced to 10 years and six months after admitting a string of sex offences against boys during a hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

Mr Yallop, who has waived his right to anonymity, was just eight-years-old when he and two other boys were taken on trips to the Norfolk Broads and swimming in Hunstanton by Warren.

In August last year, Warren admitted to two counts of gross indecency against Mr Yallop and another boy during the 1990s.

Following on from this case, 12 more victims came forward to make allegations resulting in Warren admitting seven counts of gross indecency and one count of sexual assault at a hearing on September 7. Warren was sentenced for all offences on Monday.

Mr Yallop, 32, of Lynn, said: “I was gutted not to watch him being sent down.

“I would have liked to look him in the eye and said my bit to him.”

Mr Yallop said he used to enjoy attending cubs before the incident happened.

He said: “It started to affect me when I was 15 to 17-years-old when I started to understand more.

“I have trust issues and don’t like people touching me.”

Mr Yallop has battled against drug addiction for some years and believes that the incident with Warren contributed to that.

He said: “I was the first happy slapper in Lynn when I kicked Warren when I was 24. He didn’t press charges against me.

“I was on community service when I was 24 at the Scout hut but I couldn’t go in there.”

Mr Yallop began to turn his life around after making a statement to the police. He contacted officers after becoming a father. Mr Yallop has sought counselling over the last year-and-a-half.

He now runs a roofing firm and is married to Tiffany with a child on the way.

Mr Yallop, who was a founder of the Barney’s Angels charity, is now hoping to encourage other victims to come forward.

He said: “You have to be brave, you have done nothing wrong. You would feel bad if it happened to one of your kids. Everyone can make a difference.

“I have had lots of support through this and I’m sure you will too.”

Norfolk’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre runs a 24 hour service for victims and can be contacted on 0845 456 4810. Call police on 101 to report a crime.