Man, 27, charged with raping young girl

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A 27-year-old St Helens man has appeared in court charged with with raping a young girl.

Craig Cotham, of Doulton Street, Eccleston, is also alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a girl aged under 13.

The offences are said to have taken place between 2000 and 2004. He did not enter a plea but was remanded on conditional bail and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.