A man has appeared in Oxford Crown Court to deny committing sexual offences against a girl.

Tilal Mahdi, of Friars Street, Hereford, has been charged with conspiracy to rape, conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation and arranging or facilitating child prostitution.

The 35-year-old, who is in custody, pleaded not guilty to all the charges yesterday and will appear for a trial expected to last two weeks on August 20.