Teacher on sex charge number nine

A RETIRED teacher has denied a ninth count of indecent assault at a Halifax school.

Alan Birkby, pictured, of Ryburn Buildings, Sowerby Bridge, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

The latest charge dates to between 1972 and 1973 when the alleged victim was eight.

Birkby has already denied eight counts of indecent assault.

He is said to have assaulted three boys aged seven to 11, between 1972 and 1981.

The charges will be heard at Bradford Crown Court on April 27.