Man cleared of rape charges

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A man accused of sexually molesting a girl over eight years, including multiple offences of raping her from when she was aged seven, has made his first appearance at court.

This article has been updated to reflect the outcome of a later hearing, at which the defendant was cleared of all charges.

Kevin Bambury, a 45-year-old designer, of Buckley Crescent, Cleveleys, is charged with six offences of raping the girl, 15 offences of seriously sexually assaulting her and one offence of inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between August 2006 and August last year at Cleveleys.

Defence lawyer, Brett Chappell, said his client vehemently denied the offences and would plead not guilty to all the allegations.

Bambury was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 31 by Blackpool magistrates.

He must not have any unsupervised contact with any child under 16, except
for fleeting or inadvertent contact or via Social 
Services, as a condition of his bail.

UPDATE: Mr Bambury was cleared by a jury of all 22 charges following a trial, which concluded on March 14, 2017 at Preston Crown Court.