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Peter Tomlinson, a well-known Island businessman and former owner of a children’s indoor play area, has been charged with 12 offences, including paying for sexual services of a girl under 13, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Mr Tomlinson, of Baring Road in Cowes – just a stone’s throw from a local Primary School – will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court via video link this afternoon (Wednesday).

According to the NCA, Peter is charged with 5 counts of paying for the sexual services of a girl under 13; 2 counts of causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child under 13; 2 counts of intentionally encouraging/assisting the commission of an either way offence and 3 counts of making indecent photographs/pseudo photographs of a child.

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In October last year, news started to circulate of a criminal investigation against Mr Tomlinson. The 63-year-old then suddenly resigned his directorships of a number of Island companies including Vectis Trading (JR Zone in Newport), Betapak, Education Destination, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Opportunity Society, Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and Avalon House International.

He no longer has any connection with the businesses of which he was a director and JR Zone has transferred ownership.

UPDATE @ 15:20 – Peter Tomlinson has been remanded in custody to appear before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 14th December 2020.


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