Jury sworn in for trial

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a former teacher who is accused of sexually abusing pupils at a Brighouse school.

Peter Merrick, 66, of Burton Road, Overseal, Derbyshire, has denied a total of 21 allegations relating to his time at the William Henry Smith School in the 1970s and 80s.

His trial is expected to last into next week.

The jury was selected this afternoon on the first day of the trial at Bradford Crown Court, but after they were sworn in Judge John Potter then sent them home until Wednesday morning.