Abduction trial starts

A 21-year-old man has gone on trial charged with abducting and having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Sean Clode, of Glamis Walk, Hartlepool, faces four charges at Teesside Crown Court, where a jury was sworn in.

He is charged with grooming a 14-year-old Scottish schoolgirl, abducting her over a three day period in May and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The jury was told he denies all four charges. The prosecution will open the case on Tuesday.

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