THE trial of a man accused of multiple sex offences against children has begun.

Neil Bennett, 50, of Forest Edge, in Buckhurst Hill, faces two charges of rape, two of attempted rape, five of indecent assault, and two of indecency with a child all said to have taken place with a young girl.

He also faces two charges of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16.

All the alleged offences are said to have been committed between 1997 and 2000.

Mr Bennett appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday at the start of his trial. He denies all the charges.

He was released on bail on condition that he does not contact child witnesses.

The trial is due to continue today when prosecutor Sally Ann Hales will begin her case.