Savile's ex-chauffeur in court

Jimmy Savile's ex-flatmate and chauffeur appears in court in Manchester charged with a series of serious sex offences against girls.

Savile's ex-flatmate and chauffeur will deny charges

Jimmy Savile's ex-flatmate and chauffeur will deny he committed a string of sexual offences against a number of girls, a court has heard. Ray Teret, 72, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, is accused of 32 offences involving 14 youngsters and a 17-year-old.

Entering the dock for today's preliminary hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court wearing a suit, black coat and purple scarf, he nodded to confirm his name. The court heard that he would be contesting the charges against him.

Following the 30 minute hearing he was granted bail until his next scheduled date at the same court on April 17 next year for a formal plea and case management hearing.

Savile's ex-chauffeur in court today on sex charges

Ray Teret leaves Manchester Magistrates Court at an earlier apperance Credit: PA Images

Jimmy Savile's ex-flatmate and chauffeur will appear in court today charged with a series of serious sex offences against girls.

Ray Teret, 72, is accused of 32 offences involving 14 youngsters and one adult, who was 17 at the time of the alleged offence.

The former pirate radio DJ is charged with 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one count of rape, one count of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of child gross indecency.

Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child.

The vast majority date back to the 60s and 70s.

Last month Teret appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court to face the accusations and was granted conditional bail until today.

Greater Manchester Police have stated that the claims against him are not linked to the national inquiry into abuse by disgraced TV presenter Savile.

Two other men will appear alongside Teret at today's preliminary hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

William Harper, 65, of Ash Grove, Stretford, is charged with conspiracy to rape a girl under 16 and the attempted rape of a female under the age of 16.

Alan Ledger, 62, of Normans Place, Altrincham, is charged with indecent assault of a female under 16 and aiding and abetting the rape of a female under 16.

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