Man on indecent images charges is bailed

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A MAN accused of taking a string of indecent photographs of children has had his case sent to crown court.

Gareth Owen, of Bruntoft Avenue, in the West View area of Hartlepool, has entered no plea to 16 alleged counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

The 22-year-old has also entered no plea to possessing 72 indecent images of youngsters.

Owen appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court in connection with the alleged offences.

He appeared before justices for a committal hearing and the case was transferred to Teesside Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Owen was granted unconditional bail until his appearance at the higher court, which is to take place on a date yet to be fixed.