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Gillian Taylforth ex-partner Geoff Knights denies breach

Geoff Knights
Image caption Geoff Knights had two children with Gillian Taylforth

The former long-term partner of actress Gillian Taylforth has denied breaching an order not to contact her.

Ms Taylforth, who played Kathy Beale in Eastenders, was with Geoff Knights for more than 20 years before they split up in 2009.

He was subsequently given a non-molestation order not to contact her.

Appearing at Stevenage Magistrates' Court, Mr Knights, 58, of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, denied making three calls to her.

It is alleged that he telephoned her in November and made an abusive call in February.

He is also accused of contacting her by telephone, in May, and is due to stand trial later this year at St Albans Crown Court.

Ms Taylforth was in Eastenders from 1985 to 1998 and later returned for a few episodes before her final appearance in 2000.

She has since starred in Footballers' Wives and The Bill and is currently in Hollyoaks.

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