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Former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade charged with sex offences

Joseph Shade and unknown woman, Norwich Crown Court Image copyright BBC/PA
Image caption The 23-year-old youth worker appeared at Norwich Crown Court

Former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade has appeared in court charged with sex offences against four teenage girls.

The youth worker, from Cliff Road, Sheringham, played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 until 2004.

Mr Shade, 23, was accused of eight counts of inciting a person under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He denied the charges at Norwich Crown Court. His trial is set for 31 July.

Image caption He played Peter Beale (character of boy being carried, above) between 1998 and 2004

The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 2012 and 2015 and to have involved girls aged between 13 and 16.

Mr Shade is one of a number of actors who have appeared in the BBC soap playing Ian and Cindy Beale's son, Peter. The character was named after his grandfather, market stallholder Pete Beale.

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