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Pianist John Briggs in court on sex offence charges

John Briggs outside Bradford Crown Court
Image caption John Briggs is accused of assaulting three people in the 1990s

A renowned concert pianist charged with sex offences against boys has made his first appearance before a judge.

John Briggs, 65, is accused of assaulting three males, two of whom were under 16, in the 1990s.

His bail was extended during the brief hearing at Bradford Crown Court, where he is next due to appear and enter pleas on 18 October.

Mr Briggs, of East Morton, Keighley, indicated at a previous hearing he would plead not guilty.

A provisional trial date has been set for 17 February.

He is charged with four counts of indecent assault on a male and one count of indecency with a child.

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