A provisional trial date has been set for a man suspected of committing child sex offences.

James Wilson, of Malone Gardens, Birtley, near Chester-le-Street, has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with two offences.

The 46-year-old is accused of an attempt to engage in sexual communication with a child and an attempt to cause a child aged 13 to 15 to look at an image of sexual activity.

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The case against him has been adjourned until September 5 for a further plea and case management hearing.

A trial has been fixed for April 28 next year.

He has been granted conditional bail.