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Support for Dubai sex charge dad

PUBLISHED: 15:56 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 12 August 2010

Facing jail: Vincent Acors

Facing jail: Vincent Acors

NEIGHBOURS have rallied round a British tourist facing up to six years in a Middle Eastern jail after he was allegedly caught having sex on a Dubai beach. Father-of-one, Vincent Acors, 34, of Homesdale Road, Bromley, finds out in the next two weeks whet

NEIGHBOURS have rallied round a British tourist facing up to six years in a Middle Eastern jail after he was allegedly caught having sex on a Dubai beach.

Father-of-one, Vincent Acors, 34, of Homesdale Road, Bromley, finds out in the next two weeks whether he will be charged following his arrest with fellow Brit Michelle Palmer on July 4.

On Monday, Mr Acors wrote a letter to Dubai newspaper 7 Days apologising to the city's people for causing offence but denying indecency.

Neighbours and shopkeepers said Mr Acors' potential jail term was too harsh and spoke of their shock at seeing him in the news.

His barber James Bodicombe, of Barbers of Bromley, said: "It's disgraceful that he's facing up to six years in jail. It's ridiculous to punish him so harshly for doing a natural act. I was really shocked when I found out, the poor bloke.

"He's a nice chap who's got himself in a bit of trouble. Vince is great fun and we always have a laugh when he comes in, he's very jolly. He's not a trouble-maker, far from it.

"He's really friendly and a very good tipper. He's only a young guy trying to have a bit of fun. I didn't know he was going to Dubai. I hope he gets out. We've all done silly things when we're young."

Shopkeeper Alfred Selvarajah, owner of MJ Convenience Express, Mr Acors' local shop, said: "He's a very loyal customer, I've known him a long time and he always used to come in buying all sorts of things.

"He's a nice man and very friendly. He told me he was going on holiday but he didn't tell me where. He just seems like a good person. He talks to the staff when he comes in.

"I'm not sure exactly where he worked but I know he had a responsible job. He used to have seminars at his house which is just a few doors down."

Sales rep Miss Palmer, 36, had been to the Meridien Hotel for an all-you-can-drink 'brunch', when she met Mr Acors, apparently dubbed 'Vince Charming' because of his successful love life.

She was sacked by her publishing company, ITP, where she had worked for three years the day after her arrest.

Another of Mr Acors' neighbours, who did not want to be named, was not so sympathetic about the arrests. She said: "I was shocked when I heard about it. I've just come back from there and it's pretty obvious that it's a Muslim state and they would have known that. They should have respected their laws."

Both Brits had their passports seized and were told they can not leave the country. They now anxiously await the outcome of Dubai's police commander who is weighing up the evidence.

Since the incident, Dubai authorities have launched an offensive on public affection and have arrested nearly 80 people on beaches for indecent behaviour.

Do you know Vince Acors? If so, contact Kate Nelson at the Bromley Times news desk on 0208 269 7013 or katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk.


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