A MAN accused of nine historic sex allegations has been cleared of all the charges, following a trial at Durham Crown Court.

Matthew Alexander Hill was charged with five counts of indecent assault and four of rape, dating from more than a decade.

The 30-year-old defendant denied all the charges during the trial and on the sixth day of the hearing the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts.

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Following the verdicts Judge Christopher Prince thanked the jury and discharged Mr Hill, of Haughton Road, Darlington.