Australian pensioner arrested over London child sex attacks

Reginald Davis, 77 of Wanneroo, Perth, charged with 16 offences committed between 1949 and 1972, says Scotland Yard

Wednesday 28 September 2011 13.28 BST
Scotland Yard have arrested an Australian pensioner, Reginald Davis, over alleged child sex attacks in the capital between 1949 and 1972. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

  • A pensioner in Australia has been charged with a 23-year campaign of London child sex attacks dating back to 1949.
    Reginald Davis, 77, of Wanneroo, Perth, will appear before magistrates on Wednesday accused of 16 historic offences, including several counts of raping a child under 12.
    The offences are alleged to have taken place in the capital until 1972, Scotland Yard said.
    He was charged with four child rapes, three attempted rapes, eight indecent assaults and one count of inciting a child to commit gross indecency. The majority of the attacks took place in the 1950s.
    He appears in custody at Westminster magistrates' court this afternoon, Scotland Yard said.