Mike Souter alleged victim speaks out and encourages others to come forward

Mike Souter at Norwich Crown Court.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Mike Souter at Norwich Crown Court. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
7:00 AM

Norfolk police have reiterated their plea for any victims of disgraced radio presenter Mike Souter to come forward, after a man waived his right to anonymity to accuse the DJ of abusing him.

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The former BBC Radio Norfolk man was jailed at Norwich Crown Court in October last year for 22 years for a string of serious sexual offences against boys, over almost two decades.

Now, one of Souter’s alleged victims has waived his anonymity, to urge others to speak out about the abuse he says he endured at the hands of the 60-year-old.

Jim Belcher, 51, says Souter preyed on him in Glasgow for more than a year when he was just 16.

Mr Belcher, who now lives in Wales, reported the allegations to Norfolk police after he read about Souter’s Norwich trial.

The force referred his allegations on to Scottish police. They confirmed an allegation of historic sex assault was reported to them, but said no one has been charged. They also encouraged people to come forward with information.

Mr Belcher said he is sure there are other victims in Norfolk who are yet to speak out about their abuse.

He said: “If I can help just one other person to come forward and get on with their lives then that is brilliant.”

A spokesman for Norfolk police said they encourage any alleged victims of abuse to come forward.

Souter, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, had denied 19 counts of historic child sex abuse against seven different boys aged between 11 and 16, between 1979 and 1999.

But a jury found him guilty of all counts after a trial lasting more than five weeks.

Mr Belcher claimed Souter used identical tactics in Glasgow, where he worked in the late 70s, as other victims reported during the trial.

Souter promised him fame but abused him in a flat above a pub in Glasgow. In a message to anyone who was subjected to Souter’s abuse, Mr Belcher added: “Don’t be frightened in coming forward. You don’t have to give up your anonymity, but you need to talk to someone. It eats away at you – and it makes such a difference when you talk about it.”

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