Former Brookside School head Jack Mount denies abuse charges

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Image caption Jack Mount at Birmingham Crown Court

A 95-year-old former head teacher has denied a string of sex attacks against 17 children.

Jack Mount pleaded not guilty to 50 charges, including rape and indecent assault, at Birmingham Crown Court.

Some of the offences are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham, Shropshire and Yorkshire between 1954 and 1979.

Mr Mount, from Paradise Lawn in South Molton, Devon, is the former head of privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms in Shropshire.

He faces nine counts of rape, seven of indecency with a child, 20 of indecent assault, and 14 other serious sexual offences.

He is alleged to have committed the offences against children aged between seven and 13.

One of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

Mr Mount was granted conditional bail. A provisional trial date has been fixed for 22 June.

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