Lancashire

Three men from Preston charged with sexual offences

Three men from Preston have been charged with rape and other sexual offences against four teenage girls.

James Ruehle, 66, of Whinfield Lane, is charged with two offences of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

Kert Birtwistle, 19, of Arundel Place, is charged with rape along with Michael McDougall, 29, of Ashworth Street, who also faces a sex assault charges.

They are also accused of making indecent images and are in custody until they appear before magistrates.

The charges relate to a police investigation into claims of sex abuse by girls aged between 14 and 17, allegedly committed in August.

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