Man charged with sex offences from 1984 - Berkhamsted

06/06/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge a man with sex offences dating back to 1984.

Paul Drinkwater, aged 51, of no fixed address, has been charged with three charges of false imprisonment, and two charges of indecent assault, rape, robbery, and possession of an offensive weapon.

The charges relate to offences, which are alleged to have taken place at knifepoint against three victims in Berkhamsted between 25 November and 16 December 1984.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Paul Drinkwater.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge the man with 11 offences.

"The charges relate to incidents involving three victims, which took place between 25 November and 16 December 1984, in Berkhamsted.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Drinkwater has been remanded in custody to appear at Hatfield Remand Court tomorrow, Saturday, 07 June 2014.

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