Northern Ireland

Gary Thompson: NI fire chief charged with indecent assault

Gary Thompson Image copyright NIFRS

The head of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Gary Thompson, has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a female.

A solicitor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court that Mr Thompson, 51, of Rogan Wood in Newtownabbey, "strenuously denies" the allegations.

He is accused of nine charges of indecently assaulting a female on dates in 2006.

Mr Thompson was released on continuing bail.

He was placed on precautionary suspension from the fire service in December 2018.