A DJ and football club match day announcer is expected to go on trial next year charged with child sex offences.

Mark Page is charged with four offences, including sexual activity with a child, and facilitating child sexual exploitation.

The 62-year-old former Radio 1 DJ and Middlesbrough FC match day announcer 'vigorously' denies the allegations, which date back to 2016.

He was excused from attending the short hearing at Teesside Crown Court this morning.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Paul Watson QC adjourned the case until February 28 next year when it has been listed for a seven-day trial.

The charges include two of attempt to cause or incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity and a further two of arrange or facilitate the sexual exploitation of a child aged 13 - 17 years - one in connection with the Philippines.

Page set up and run forces station radio Garrison FM, which had a base at Catterick, in 2001 and worked as a presenter until 2013.

Following his appearance at Teesside Magistrates' Court, his solicitor Henri Brandman said: "Mr Page vehemently denies the alleged offences and will vigorously defend himself against the charges.

"He has had business, military and charitable interests in the Philippines for a number of years."

Page, of Snowdrop Close, Stockton, remains on conditional bail.

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