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Roy Harper's trial begins

Folk singer charged with sexual offences, denies all charges

Roy Harper’s trial has begun at Worcester Crown Court. Harper, now aged 73, has been charged with four counts of indecent assault, four of indecency with a child, and two of having sexual intercourse with an underage girl. He denies all charges.

Harper was originally interviewed by police in 2013, and later that year was issued with a summons to appear in court. Reports suggest the trial will last around a fortnight. Full story on the BBC here.

UPDATE: Roy Harper has been acquitted of assulting an 11 year old girl after the jury failed to come to a majority decision. More details via BBC news.