Ex-PC to be extradited on child abuse charges

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A former British police sergeant is to be extradited from Australia to face more than 20 allegations of child sex assault.

Jeffrey Lake, 76, was arrested at his home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on January 10 over allegations arising between 1960 and 1974. Most of the alleged abuse happened when he lived in Accrington, Lancashire.

Police say Lake moved to Australia in 2002 after being made aware allegations had been made against him.

He appeared before Brisbane magistrates yesterday for a brief hearing, where he said he would not fight extradition instigated by Lancashire Police.

The force said Lake would be returned to the UK within the next two months.

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