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Trio in court on childrens' home sex abuse charges

Three men are due to appear in court today to face a total of ninety two historic child sex offences against residents at an East Yorkshire childrens' home.

The former St William's Childrens' Home at the centre of child sex abuse allegations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

James Carragher and Michael Curran were employees at the St William's Childrens Home near Market Weighton. Anthony McCallen was a former chaplain, at the home. The charges, in respect of 20 complainants, date from 1970 to 1993.

Doncaster woman in court over child sex offences

A woman from Doncaster has appeared in court alongside Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to face allegations of child sex offences.

The 20-year-old cannot be named for legal reasons. She was arrested with a 24-year-old woman and the 35-year-old vocalist earlier this month.

Watkins has been charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, and faces five other sex abuse charges. They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two young children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography".

The trio appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video-link.

All three only spoke to confirm their names at the preliminary hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Watkins was refused bail and remanded in custody with a plea and case management hearing scheduled at Cardiff Crown Court for March 11.

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