Michael Souter was convicted on 17 October 2013 of 19 sexual assaults on seven boys aged between 11 and 16 from 1979 to 1999.

Souter had worked for BBC Radio Norfolk in the 1980s and was also a scout leader.

Souter attempted to appeal his conviction and his 22 year sentence. However, three judges at the Court of Appeal in London ruled his challenge was “without substance or merit” and said that he was “in denial”.

Ruling on the application, Mr Justice Goss rejected Souter’s sentence challenge, said:

“This was indeed an appalling catalogue of sexual abuse of vulnerable victims over a protracted period. The applicant remains in denial.

The sentence, though severe, accorded with sentencing practice, and appropriately reflected his culpability and the harm caused by his offending.”