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Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls denies sexual assault

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls Image copyright PA
Image caption David "Dandy" Nicholls was a jockey until 1992, riding more than 400 winners, before switching to training

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls has denied sexually assaulting two women.

The former jockey, who lives in North Yorkshire, is accused of grabbing a woman, putting his hand up her top and touching her breast underneath her bra.

In a separate allegation, he is accused of touching another woman's breast over her clothes and touching her between her legs over her clothing.

He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before magistrates in Northallerton.

Mr Nicholls, of Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, near Thirsk, was granted bail and is due to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 24 June.

The 60-year-old was a jockey until 1992, riding more than 400 winners before switching to training.

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