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Longhorsley vicar denies plane passenger grope

Rev Peter McConnell
Image caption Peter McConnell pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault

A vicar has denied groping a fellow passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight.

The Reverend Peter McConnell is accused of sexually assaulting a male in his twenties on a British Airways plane from the United States in March.

The 63-year-old, who is based at St Helen's Church in Longhorsley, Northumberland, pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault at Newcastle Crown Court.

He will return to the court for a trial in August 2018.

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