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A 64-YEAR-OLD has appeared in court accused of kidnapping and indecently assaulting four young girls in the 1980s and 90s.

David Bryant, of Ulverston in Cumbria, stands accused of attacking a five-year-old in Gosport in August 1982.

One of his other alleged victims came from Southampton, aged three. The other two attacks took place in 1995 in the Newcastle area and the victims were aged four and five.

He entered not guilty pleas to all eight charges at Newcastle Crown Court.

Bryant, who is balding with white hair and plump, wore a grey jumper and a moleskin jacket.

He was arrested following an investigation by the Northumbria and Hampshire forces.

Judge Brian Forster said: ‘This is a very serious matter. You are remanded in custody.’

Bryant will go on trial in February.

The judge lifted restrictions which previously prevented the media from reporting proceedings.

Two men arrested with Bryant were released without charge after questioning.