A FORMER Andover athletics coach has been charged with two dozen child sex offences dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

Philip Banning, 68, of Meadowlands Close, Penhow, Wales, appeared in Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court today where he was charged with 24 counts of indecent assault against girls who were under the age of 16.

The charges relate to incidents alleged to have taken place during Mr Banning’s time as a coach at Andover Athletics Club.

Mr Banning has been bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, April 10.

Anyone who has been a victim of child abuse or has any information about this type of abuse is encouraged to contact police on 101.

Alternatively contact Child Line on 0800 111 or adults with any concerns about a child can contact 0808 800 550.