Devon

Devon sex abuse probe police exhume Belinda Day body

Exhumation
Image caption Police say they are confident of arrests

The body of a woman who may have been a victim of a sex abuse ring has been exhumed at a Devon graveyard.

Police believe that Belinda Day was repeatedly raped and abused before committing suicide in Budleigh Salterton in 1989.

DNA samples have been taken from her body which will be reburied at Budleigh Salterton on Wednesday afternoon.

Her brother, Adrian "Tommy" Dance, 54, was jailed for 21 years in 2010 for a string of rapes and sexual assaults.

Ms Day may have been one of about 12 victims of serious sexual abuse by what officers have described as "a handful of men."

Suicide verdict

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were "very confident" of making arrests once the DNA samples had been analysed.

Ms Day, who grew up in nearby Exmouth and moved to Exeter when she married, was found dead at the bottom of cliffs at Budleigh Salterton on 3 March 1989.

A coroner later recorded a verdict of suicide.

Dance, of Queen's Road, Budleigh Salterton, admitted 15 sexual offences when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court last June.

Five other charges, which he denied, were dropped.

Officers working on Operation Goodrich said they had not yet interviewed Dance in connection with the alleged offences against his sister.

Reverend Anne Charlton, the community priest in Budleigh Salterton, will be at the funeral service to rebury the remains.

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