A BARRY councillor is to go on trial after he pleaded not guilty to allegations of historical sexual offences against children, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.

Anthony Hampton, aged 71, of Fforest Drive, appeared before Cardiff Crown Court to deny 15 indecent assault charges involving two boys.

The former chairman of the Welsh Joint Education committee and long-standing Vale of Glamorgan and Barry Town Council Conservative councillor spoke to confirm his name, address, nationality and plead not guilty when the counts were put to him.

Hampton wore a dark suit, white shirt and tie.

The complainants claim the allegations took place during the 1990s.

The prosecutor was Roger Griffiths and Hampton was represented by his barrister John Ryan.

Hampton was told that a provisional trial date of July 8 was set and that it is expected to last six days.