Former Richmond missionary convicted of child sex crimes stripped of MBE

A church missionary jailed for child sex crimes committed when he was living in Richmond has been stripped of his MBE.

Craig Martin Burrows, 50, who was awarded the honour for his charity work with underprivileged children in the Philippines, was jailed in 2015.

Two women told how he had subjected them to horrific abuse while living in Richmond in the 1980s.

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He claimed his accusers were put up to it as part of a bitter dispute with his ex-wife over the sale of their home.

Mr Burrows, who at the time said he was employed as a security guard at Catterick Garrison, said he had been present at the time of the alleged incident and had been out working shifts.

He told the jury that he had established five charities in the Philippines and done a lot of work after natural disasters.

Mr Burrows said he had obtained funding from the Asian Students Christian Trust to set up a school in the Philippines for so-called “rubbish tip” children.

He had also been funded by the Zetland Christian Centre, now the Influence Church, in Reeth Road, Richmond.

However, he was convicted of all seven charges.