Man accused of child abduction

A MAN has appeared in court on child abduction charges.

Peter Brian Fincken has been charged with two counts of taking a child so as to remove her from a person having lawful control, contrary to the Child Abduction Act 1984.

The 45-year-old pleaded not guilty to the two charges when he appeared in custody at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Finken, of Cowper Grove, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, was remanded in custody and will next appear in court by videolink on Friday when the matters are expected to be sent to Teesside Crown Court.