Man faces sex charges

A 33-year-old man has been accused of years of sex offences against the same girl, starting when she was three.

The most recent of the 15 charges against Stephen Peter Wilkes, of Monkside, Cramlington, is sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old in Wooler.

Wilkes had his case adjourned by Bedlington magistrates until April 16, when he will be committed to crown court for trial.

Unconditional bail was extended.

Wilkes also faces a 16th charge, not connected with that girl, of making an indecent photograph of a seven-year-old by downloading it from the internet.