Cumbria Police officer Nicholas Doherty denies sex offences

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Image caption Nicholas Doherty appeared at Coventry Crown Court

A police officer has pleaded not guilty to several sex offences, including rape and indecent assault.

Nicholas Doherty, from Powerful Street in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, denied five charges at Coventry Crown Court on Friday.

The Cumbria Police officer was arrested at his home in November. The offences were allegedly committed in Warwickshire and Cumbria.

The 41-year-old is due to stand trial at the same court on 9 March.

He is accused of rape, attempted rape and two offences of sexual assault said to have taken place against in Stratford-upon-Avon in February 2012.

Doherty also denied a separate offence of indecent assault against another complainant, which allegedly took place between 1 and 31 December 1999.

The Recorder of Coventry Judge Griffith Jones said that charge would be tried separately, following the end of his trial.

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