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Couple in court on rape, child abuse and drug charges

Leicester Crown Court
Image caption Nicolas and Joan Taylor face a combined total of 76 offences at Leicester Crown Court

A couple have gone on trial accused of committing dozens of sexual and drug-related offences against 11 children and supplying crack cocaine to vulnerable youngsters at their home.

Nicholas and Joan Taylor face a combined total of 103 offences, including charges of rape and sexual activity with a child.

Prosecutor David Herbert told Leicester Crown Court some offences were carried out at the couple's Northampton home.

Both deny all charges.

Mr Herbert told jurors "numerous acts of serious sexual offences" had been committed on young children, both boys and girls.

He said most, but not all, of the offending took place between 1996 and 2006, some at the couple's home at Pitstone Road, Briar Hill.

Charges faced by the Taylors

Nicholas Taylor:

  • 13 counts of rape
  • 13 of indecency with a child
  • 10 of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
  • 11 of sexual activity with a child
  • Six of assault by penetration
  • Six of supplying Class A drugs
  • Five of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
  • Three of causing a child to watch sexual activity
  • One of attempted rape
  • One of indecent assault
  • One of taking an indecent photograph
  • One of child cruelty
  • One of assault
  • One for another serious sexual offence

Joan Taylor:

  • Eight counts of rape
  • Six of indecency with a child
  • Six of supplying drugs
  • Four of sexual activity with a child
  • Three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
  • Two of taking an indecent photograph
  • One of sexual assault

Mr Herbert said some of the complainants were supplied with Class A drugs.

He said Mr Taylor, 47, has previous convictions for indecency, while Mrs Taylor, 43, worked as a prostitute.

The case is expected to last seven weeks.

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