Pensioner, 96, from South Molton to face trial in Barnstaple over 50 historic sex offences.

A retired headteacher aged 96 has appeared in court charged with historic child sex offences.

Jack Mount, of Paradise Lawn, South Molton, appeared at Exeter Crown Court for a two-hour hearing.

The pensioner, born in May 1919, was told he will face trial at Barnstaple Crown Court in November.

He pleaded not guilty to a 50-count indictment of offences allegedly committed between 1954 and 1979 at Birmingham Crown Court in January.

Mount faces nine counts of rape, seven of indecency with a child, 20 of indecent assault, and 14 other serious sexual offences.

He was supported in court by his wife and son, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing.

Prosecutors will now finalise the charges against Mount, of Paradise Lawn, South Molton, near Barnstaple.

The case will next be heard at Barnstaple Crown Court for legal argument on November 2.