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London 'Night Stalker' accused pleads not guilty

Police in Brockley street
Image caption Delroy Grant was arrested at his home in Brockley

A man has pleaded not guilty to a series of rapes and assaults on elderly people in south-east London.

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley, south-east London, pleaded not guilty to 29 offences, including three rapes and seven indecent assaults.

The charges relate to attacks between 1992 and 2009, which led to a search for a man dubbed the 'Night Stalker'.

The Old Bailey ordered Mr Grant, who was arrested last November, to remain in custody.

Police investigation

Mr Grant is a full-time carer for his wife Jennifer, who has multiple sclerosis. He is accused of breaking into people's homes before subjecting them to sexual assaults.

He is charged with three rapes, one attempted rape, seven indecent assaults, 16 burglaries and two attempted burglaries.

Judge Mr Justice Bean said Mr Grant's trial would take place on 1 March next year at Woolwich Crown Court. It is expected to take up to six weeks.

The investigation to catch the man responsible for a series of attacks began in 1998.

The alleged offences happened in Warlingham, Shirley, Beckenham, Bromley, Addiscombe, Orpington and West Dulwich.

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