A man has pleaded not guilty to touching a woman sexually without her consent at the weekend.

Jake Lowdon (29), of Watling Street, Corbridge, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday accused of committing the crime in Blyth on Friday.

He is also accused of a assaulting a girl by beating on the same day. No plea was entered for this charge.

Lowdon will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on March 17.