Teacher on sex assault charges

Tony Brunskill
Tony Brunskill
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A FORMER teacher at a leading independent school is facing allegations of indecent assault against a child.

Tony Brunskill taught in the junior department at Fleetwood’s Rossall School during the 1970s.

And on Sunday he was charged by Lancashire Police with nine offences of indecent assault, relating to a boy at the school.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred over a six-year period while Brunskill was a teacher there.

The 65-year-old, who now lives near Penrith, Cumbria, left the school in 1979 and went on to become a high-profile councillor in Cumbria.

He is a former chairman of Eden Council and was involved with the county’s Chamber of Commerce, as well as running his own PR firm.

Dr Stephen Winkley, Headmaster of Rossall School, said: “We have been informed a former teacher, who left the employ of the school more than 30 years ago, has been arrested in connection with a criminal allegation dating back to the 1970s. We believe the individual has been charged and remanded to appear in court, but other than that we do not have any specific details relating to the alleged incident.

“The individual in question, who left the school in 1979, is not known to any of the staff employed on campus today.”

Brunskill is due to appear before Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court on June 6.