Walton Hop child sex investigation sees ex-Radio 1 DJ charged

Walton Hop child sex investigation sees ex-Radio 1 DJ charged

A former Radio 1 DJ has been charged as part of an investigation into alleged child sex offences linked to the Walton Hop disco during the 1960s and 1970s.

Christopher Denning, 75, from London, is accused of six sexual offences against four boys under the age of 16 during that period. 

The charges relate to Operation Ravine, Surrey Police’s investigation into non-recent sexual offences connected to the Walton Hop, a teen disco which ran from 1958 until 2001 at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse.

Mr Denning’s first court appearance will be on Thursday July 14 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Another man, aged in his 70s and from Walton, was due to answer bail in connection with the investigation on Monday (June 6) but Surrey Police said officers had been notified of his death.

Former music mogul Jonathan King, 70, from Bayswater in London, remains on bail until Thursday October 13 as part of Operation Ravine.

Investigations also continue in respect of an 86-year-old man from Walton, police added. Source GetSurrey 



screenshot_20160721-154547.jpgChris Denning enters no plea to 24 historical sex offences as part of Walton Hop disco investigation   14 JUL 2016

Chris Denning entered no plea to 24 sexual offence charges when he appeared in court on Thursday, dating back to the 60s, 70s and 80s

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has appeared in court charged with 24 historical sex offences as part of an investigation into the Walton Hop disco.

Denning, 75, of London, is charged with 24 sexual offences, including indecent assault of men and boys, and inciting boys under 16 and 14 to commit acts of gross indecency. The 75-year-old allegedly abused 11 victims, some as young as eight, between 1969 and 1986.

The allegations relate to Surrey Police’s on going Operation Ravine into sexual offences connected to the Walton Hop, which ran from 1958 until 2001 at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse.

Denning appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via videolink on Thursday wearing a grey and orange fleece and spoke only to confirm his details. He gave no indication of a plea when a summary of the charges was read to him. He was remanded in custody and ordered to attend Southwark Crown Court on August 11 for a preliminary hearing. Source GetSurrey


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