Burnley milkman denies child sex allegations

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A Burnley milkman has denied historic allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl.

Alan Flynn (68) pleaded not guilty to 11 charges relating to sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Burnley Crown Court.

The trial, which began on Tuesday, has heard opening statements from prosecuting barrister Mr David Temkin who told the jury the relationship between the defendant and complainant took place between 1996 and 1998.

Mr Temkin said: “The allegation is that the defendant took advantage of the complainant’s young age and entered into a sexual relationship with her.

“The abuse lasted nearly two years. The complainant was a willing participant, believing that she loved him, but because of her young age she could not consent.

“The prosecution argue that sexual activity took place in various locations including the defendant’s flat above a grocery shop in Padiham Road, Burnley, at a stables in Burnley, on the defendant’s milk float and in a hotel near to Ski Rossendale.

“The complainant accepts she was completely smitten with the defendant and that they talked about running off to Puerto Rico when she was 16.”

The trial continues.