Sussex man denies abducting boy, three

A 53-year-old man has denied abducting a three-year-old boy who went missing in East Sussex.

Stephen Howlett, of The Diplocks, Hailsham, pleaded not guilty to one count of taking a child so as to keep him/her from a person having lawful control at Lewes Crown Court on Friday.

The charge relates to an incident on 1 October 2010.

Mr Howlett is expected to appear at Lewes Crown Court for trial on 5 September.

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