The trial of 61-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager almost two decades ago is expected to start next month.

Keith Thomas Joseph Hall is charged with the murder of Rachel Wilson who disappeared on May 31, 2002.

The 19-year-old, from Middlesbrough, was last seen in the Southfield Road area of the town.

Her remains were found a decade later in a shallow grave on farmland near Coulby Newham.

Hall, of Lambton Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, previously pleaded not guilty to murder.

He has also denied living off prostitution and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

His trial at Teesside Crown Court is listed to start on May 11 and last between eight and 12 weeks.