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Man in court on child sex charges

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A man has made his first appearance in court accused of committing sex attacks on three little girls aged between five and seven in Knott End.

Stephen Ireland, 59, of Kingfisher Way, pleaded not guilty to three offences of indecent assault on a child between January 1996 and January 1998.

Prosecutor Tracy Yates’s application that the case should be heard at crown court was not opposed.

Ireland was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 15 by District Judge Jim Clarke at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

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