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Today newspaper boss Eddy Shah in court on sex charges

Eddy Shah
Image caption Eddy Shah was bailed until 4 October to appear at the Old Bailey

The former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah has appeared in court charged with child sex offences.

Mr Shah, 68, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, is accused of seven counts of raping a girl under 16 between 1993 and 1995.

The former media boss, who owned the Today newspaper in the 1980s, also faces two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14.

At Westminster Magistrates' Court, Mr Shah was bailed until 4 October when he will appear at the Old Bailey.

No plea was entered.

Also appearing in court with Mr Shah, whose real name is Selim Jehann Shah, were Anthony Pallant and Susan Davies.

Mr Pallant, 52, of West Malling, Kent, is accused of two counts of raping a girl under 16, four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 16 and one count of indecent assault on a girl under 14 between 1991 and 1994.

Ms Davies, 52, of West Malling, is charged with a total of six counts of gross indecency with a girl under 16 and one count of indecent assault on a girl under 14.

She is also charged with seven counts of aiding and abetting the rape of a girl aged under 16 by Mr Shah.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 1991 and 1995.

Mr Pallant and Ms Davies will also next appear at the Old Bailey on 4 October.

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