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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Haverigg man faces child sex charges

A MAN has appeared in court charged with historic sexual offences against children.

Martin David Phillips appeared in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with two offences of gross indecency under the Indecency with Children Act 1960, and one offence of indecent assault under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

The offences of gross indecency relate to two girls, both aged under 14, while the assault relates to a female victim aged under 16.

The 41-year-old, a former boss of a saw mill in Millom, is alleged to have committed the offences in Bootle, between November 1986 and March 1990.

Phillips, who was represented in court by Mr Trystan Roberts and who gave his address as Mainstreet, Haverigg, did not enter a plea to the three offences.

He has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear before Preston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on January 3.

Prosecutor Mrs Judith Knott said bail conditions prevent Phillips from having any access, contact or communication with any child under the age of 16.

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