Caged man gets ban from club

Banned: Brian Horrobin
Banned: Brian Horrobin

A disabled grandfather who was jailed for three years for abusing children has been suspended from his involvement with a charitable club.

Furious members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), a movement similar to the Masons, have taken steps to have disgraced Brian Horrobin completely removed from the organisation, fearing his crimes may have tarnished other members’ good work in the community.

Horrobin, 54, of Jubilee Court in Leyland, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault against the youngsters after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

He committed sex assaults on a girl he was looking after and, in a separate incident, assaulted a young boy twice when he shared a tent with him in a garden.

The married father-of-four’s crimes happened more than 30 years ago, before he joined the RAOB.

The secretary of the Chorley and Blackburn RAOB, Barry Skelhorn, said: “We have just raised £7,600 for troops, and we do a lot of other good work in the community which we don’t want to be tarnished.”

In a comment posted on a social networking site addressing “the public of Leyland” he added: “Actions to expel have been taken and Grand Lodge Management Committee will do what is required.

“Let it be widely known that the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes Chorley and Blackburn Corner Shop for Chorley and Blackburn Province have disassociated ourselves from this man and offer sympathies to his victims.

“I hope you will all understand that many current members had little or no knowledge or proof of his historic crimes and deeply regret their association with him.”

Lionel Barker, the branch’s trustee, said: “He has been suspended and will now be dealt with by the organisation’s headquarters in Harrogate.

“There will be steps taken to expel him.

“We all knew him and feel betrayed.

“He perpetrated these vile crimes before he joined the order and we had no knowledge of it.”

Horrobin, who walks with the aid of sticks, was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) banning him from having unsupervised contact with children.

It also bans him from having children in his home or from seeking employment which would bring him into contact with children.

He was ordered to sign on to the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.