TRAVEL journalist Mike Souter has been charged with sex offences including 18 against boys.

The charges, which Souter denies, relate to offences between 1979 and 1999 which allegedly took place in Norfolk, where he worked for the BBC.

Norfolk police said Souter – who has worked with Costa del Sol newspaper Sur in English – is accused of 10 indecent assaults on a boy under 16 and six sex offences with a boy under 16.

Other charges include two counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 and further offences relating to six children aged between 11 and 15.

He is also accused of an offence against a man and one against a woman.

The 59-year-old lives in La Cala in Mijas and also has homes in El Faro, and in Loddon in Norfolk.

He is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on November 30.

He said: “This is the third time that Norfolk Police have investigated these alleged offences, which I strenuously deny and will vigorously defend.”

Souter worked for BBC Radio Norfolk from when it was launched in 1980, presenting a number of shows before working as a freelance broadcaster.

He later took up travel writing and now spends half the year in Spain.