We the official sham 69, wish to make the following disclaimer statement:this is due to the persistent emails from both fans, members of the uk/international press, and statements made via social network sites regarding an incident that took place involving james timothy pursey (aka jimmy pursey) being arrested for indecently assaulting an under age girl.
This incident did take place, the girl was underage, therefore legally a minor, and suffered trauma as a result with life long consequences no doubt.
This band fully and utterly condemns such behaviour and wishes to make it known that jimmy pursey is not part of the official sham 69 lineup in any way. We also wish to make it known that he is not part of the staff or any subsidiary of this band.
Along with many fans, be they punks, skins or whatever, we too have kids of our own and some have grand kids too. As such we do not treat this as a light hearted mistake and neither did the girl***8217;s parents, additionally neither would you if it was your child or family member.
This girl was a minor, and though some people may brush this off with a blind view in support of this man, we wont.
Seeing as we do have some lyrical connections however, we, the official sham 69, have decided that in respect of our moral belief and support we will make a donation from every show we perform, be it uk or worldwide, to the nspcc***8217;s campaign against child abuse, and will do so until we retire as a band.
So stay true and strong and we***8217;ll see you down the front.