A man accused of the multiple rape of three girls has made his first appearance in court.
Joel Eaves, 26, of Bolton Avenue, Carleton, faces seven charges of rape involving three girls aged between 11 and 16 years-of-age.
Eaves is also accused of six offences of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity and two offences of committing a sex act in front of a girl.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between May 2008 an September 2011 in Blackpool.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.
Defence lawyer, Leisa Splaine, did not indicate pleas to the offences on Eaves’s behalf.
Eaves was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 8 by Blackpool magistrates.
He must not communicate with any child under 16 as a condition of his bail.