Rape charge man in court

A MAN charged with three alleged rapes has appeared in court.

Talib Pirot, 24, appeared in custody at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

He is also charged with one common assault.

Pirot was helped in the preliminary hearing by an interpreter but did not enter any pleas.

He is due to do that on Friday, March 19, but a provisional trial date has been fixed for April 11.

Pirot, of Sinclair Road, Hartlepool, was remanded in custody.