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Hull councillor Steven Bayes denies child porn charges

Steven Bayes
Image caption Steven Bayes is involved in the organising of Hull's City of Culture arts festival

A councillor has denied two counts of making indecent images of children.

Hull city councillor Steven Bayes also pleaded not guilty to possessing an extreme pornographic image when he appeared at the city's crown court.

The 55-year-old was suspended from the Labour Party in October after it "became aware of a police investigation into him", a party spokesman said.

He was released on unconditional bail and is due to stand trial on 5 February 2018 at the same court.

Mr Bayes was first elected as a councillor in 1985.

He was involved in Hull's bid to secure the UK City of Culture title and is a former vice chair of the Hull 2017 company, which is organising arts activities and events for the year-long celebration.

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