Ex-Radio 1 DJ Mark Page in year-long wait for child abuse trial

image captionMark Page was a DJ at Radio 1 in the 1980s and latterly a stadium announcer for Middlesbrough FC

A former Radio 1 DJ facing charges of child sexual abuse must wait a year before his trial begins.

Mark Page, 62, faces two counts of attempting to incite or cause a girl to engage in sexual activity and two of arranging or facilitating sexual exploitation in the Philippines.

Mr Page did not enter a plea at Teesside Crown Court, but previously denied the charges in a statement.

The former Middlesbrough FC stadium announcer was bailed until 28 February.

Mr Page, of Rowallane Gardens, Ingleby Barwick, worked for Radio 1 in the 1980s.

Judge Paul Watson said: "Because of the severe backlog and delays that have been created largely by the outbreak of the coronavirus, it is not possible to list this case, being a fairly lengthy five to seven days, until February next year.

"It's regrettable, I am afraid, it's a fact of life."

All the offences are alleged to have happened in 2016.

The statement previously issued by the defendant's solicitor, Henri Brandman, said: "Mr Page vehemently denies the alleged offences and will vigorously defend himself against the charges.

"He has had business, military and charitable interests in the Philippines for a number of years."

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