Ex-Tremeloes members deny 1968 sex assault on teen

Richard Westwood, left, and Leonard Hawkes, right Image copyright PA
Image caption Mr Westwood, left, and Mr Hawkes arrived at court together

Two former members of 1960s band The Tremeloes have denied indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl at the height of their fame.

Leonard Hawkes, 69, from Berkshire, and Richard Westwood, 72, from Surrey, are alleged to have attacked the girl in a hotel after a gig in 1968.

Both men pleaded not guilty during a brief hearing at Chester Magistrates' Court.

They were ordered to appear before Chester Crown Court on 5 April.

Both were granted conditional bail.

Prosecuting, Rob Youds, said the complainant had been assaulted in a hotel room after she had attended a pop concert in Chester at some point between 1 and 30 April 1968.

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Image caption Richard Westwood and Leonard Hawkes, pictured in 1971, were both member of the 1960s band The Tremeloes

The Tremeloes formed in 1958 and first charted in the UK in July 1963 with a version of Twist and Shout.

They had a string of hits throughout the 60s, including a number one with Silence Is Golden.

Guitarist and vocalist Rick Westwood left in 2012 and bass player and vocalist Len 'Chip' Hawkes, left in 1988.

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