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18 March 2015, 17:00 | Updated: 18 March 2015, 17:02
A son of the founder of Greggs bakers has appeared in court charged with sex offences against nine children.
Colin Gregg, who has been both the headmaster of a private school and a social worker, is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting boys under the age of 16.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 73-year-old faces a total of 26 charges.
All the offences are said to have taken place between 1963 and 1991.
Gregg, of Home Steadings, Gosforth, Newcastle, was not asked to enter any pleas to the charges during the short hearing but the court heard he maintains "strong denials".
A plea and directions hearing will take place on June 4 and a trial on April 11 next year.