Dave Lee Travis trial begins

The trial of former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of a series of sexual offences, has begun.

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Alleged Dave Lee Travis victim to give evidence

Dave Lee Travis. Credit: PA Images

Another alleged victim of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis is expected to give evidence against the former Radio 1 favourite today.

Travis, 68, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

The trial at London's Southwark Crown Court has heard evidence from alleged victims who have pointed to Travis's supposed "campaign of sexual assault" and a casual attitude among broadcasting bosses to dealing with complaints against him.

Yesterday, women gave evidence anonymously - out of Travis's view - when they spoke of his "lechy" behaviour, wandering hands, and "strong, old" cologne.

One woman also described how she was allegedly abused by Travis when she was 15, the veteran DJ apparently telling her she had "the biggest boobs" he had ever seen when the "starstruck and naive" teenager attended a Showaddywaddy concert in Gloucestershire.

And the chart-toppers' former frontman Dave Bartram also appeared in court, giving evidence for barely ten minutes when he recalled the gig - at which Travis apparently stormed on stage to play percussion for the band as part of a jape.

Earlier this week a former announcer for BBC Radio 4 recalled how Travis fondled her breasts while she was making an on-hour announcement for its flagship Women's Hour show.

Another spoke of apparently having to be separated from the defendant after she called him a pervert following an alleged assault.

The alleged offending includes when he was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops, and when starring in panto.

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to 1973 and as recently as 2003. He is also accused of sexual assault in 2008.

He denies all charges.

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Dave Lee Travis trial to hear further witnesses

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of DJ Dave Lee Travis at Southwark Crown Court in London. Credit: PA Images

Former colleagues and alleged victims of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis are expected to give evidence against the former Radio 1 favourite today.

Travis, 68, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976 at the height of his fame.

The trial at London's Southwark Crown Court has heard evidence from alleged victims who have pointed to Travis's alleged "campaign of sexual assault" and a casual attitude among broadcasting bosses in dealing with complaints against him.

Yesterday, women gave evidence anonymously - out of Travis's view - when they spoke of his "lechy" behaviour, wandering hands, and "strong, old" cologne.

One witness, a former announcer for BBC Radio 4, claimed Travis fondled her breasts while she was making an on-hour announcement for its flagship Women's Hour show.

Another recalled apparently having to be separated from the defendant after she called him a pervert following an alleged assault.

The alleged offending includes when he was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops, and when starring in pantomime.

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to 1973 and as recently as 2003. He is also accused of sexual assault in 2008.

He denies all the charges.

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Trial of Dave Lee Travis due to begin today

Dave Lee Travis. Credit: PA images.

The trial of former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of a series of sexual offences, is due to begin today.

The 68-year-old, who used to live in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, will appear at Southwark Crown Court under his real name, David Patrick Griffin.

Travis, of Buckinghamshire, faces 12 counts of indecent assault, dating between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

One of his alleged assault victims was aged just 15 at the time.

Yesterday a pool of 40 potential jurors were asked if they or a close family member had worked for the BBC, Chiltern Radio or Classic Gold FM, or had been involved with Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, under which Travis was arrested.

The potential jurors were also given a list of the names of witnesses in case they know any of them.

Judge Anthony Leonard warned them not to research the case, and said: "You will try the case on the information obtained here in this court and nothing else."

The trial is due to last up to six weeks.