Ex Tower worker takes to the witness stand to deny raping and abusing youngsters

A former Blackpool Tower worker as told a court he could not have carried out alleged sexual offences because he was working evenings at the venue.

Friday, 4th May 2018, 12:48 pm
Updated Friday, 4th May 2018, 12:51 pm
Crown Court

Harry Anthony Collier, 63, of Mythop Road, Blackpool, is accused of a string of 24 historical charges against two girls and a woman including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency.

Co-defendant Paul Snedker, 57, of no fixed abode, is accused of 10 sexual offences including attacking a woman over a period in the late 70s into the 80s at Blackpool and Sheffield, and raping a young girl in Blackpool - and Collier faces an additional charge of abetting him to rape a youngster.

Both men are on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of sexual attacks in the 1970s and 80s.

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It is alleged Collier indecently assaulted the first complainant when she was between the ages of four and nine.

Collier denies a further charge of raping a woman in Blackpool in 1988, and in relation to a second child, denies rape, indecent assault, taking indecent photographs of her, inciting her to commit gross indecency, and helping his co-defendant attack her.

He took to the witness stand at Preston Crown Court, which was previously told he would take one girl to a house in Blackpool where Paul Snedker and others would be present.

It is alleged she would be provided with cider or white pills before being taken to a bedroom and abused while additional people would be present - either friends of Collier from the pub or people he had met through his use of a CB radio.

Defending, Judith McCulloch asked: "Did you own CB radio or use anyone else's?"

He replied: "No."

He told the court he would spend each day walking on the Promenade, getting back around 5pm and having tea, before leaving at 6pm for his employment as a glass collector.

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