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Eddy Shah: Today newspaper boss on child sex charges

Eddy Shah
Image caption Eddy Shah came to national prominence in the 1980s

The former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah has been charged with child sex offences.

Mr Shah, 68, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, faces 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.

A woman and man have also been charged in the inquiry. All three are due before magistrates on 7 June.

In a statement to the BBC, Mr Shah said: "I will robustly and strenuously defend my reputation and my position in the community.

"There has been no new evidence introduced on something that supposedly happened 19 years ago and I will fight to totally vindicate my innocence."

Anthony 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.

The woman, who has not been named, 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.

All three are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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