A FORMER Oswaldtwistle pub landlord has appeared before Blackburn magistrates on sexual charges involving young females.

Colin Lord, 61, of Pride Close, Blackburn, who previously ran the Lord Longworth pub, faces seven charges of sexual assault, paying for the sexual services of a 17-year-old girl, three charges of inciting a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity, attempting to pay for the sexual services of a 15-year-old girl and four charges of inciting prostitution for gain.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was sent on bail to Burnley Crown Court where he will appear on March 13.

Damien Pickup, defending, said his client strongly denied all the charges.

"He welcomes the opportunity to clear his name at the crown court," said Mr Pickup.