Ex-teacher’s abuse plea

Tony Brunskill taught at Fleetwood's Rossall School during the 1970s
Tony Brunskill taught at Fleetwood's Rossall School during the 1970s

A JAILED former teacher at Fleetwood’s Rossall School is facing an even longer spell in prison after he admitted sexually abusing another one of his pupils.

Tony Brunskill, who taught English at the school during the 1970s, is already serving a 10-year sentence for abusing three other boys.

Last week the 66-year-old pleaded guilty to five charges of indecently assaulting one of his former pupils and one charge of serious sexual assault on the same boy, who was aged under 16.

Preston Crown Court, where Brunskill appeared via video-link from Wakefield Prison, heard from prosecutor Paul Brookwell the complainant in the latest case had come forward after hearing about Brunskill’s other crimes.

Brunskill worked at the private school for 12 years, and was also well known as an international rally driver. After leaving teaching he went to work for a Blackpool-based airline before moving to the Penrith area of Cumbria, where he was a well-respected member of Eden District Council.

When he was sentenced for a total of 20 offences last summer, Brunskill was described by the judge in the case – Judge Paul Batty – as a “sexual predator” who had caused “untold damage to countless people.”

One of his original victims was eight years old. Brunskill is now due to be sentenced in Cumbria on Thursday, February 16.