Former Councillor faces child sex charges

The former Chair of Bursledon Parish Council has appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court today charged with child sex offences.

Mark McCormick (48) is alleged to have carried a number of indecent assaults against children under the age 16 between 1997 and 2014.

McCormick, of no fixed abode, did not enter a plea and was bailed with conditions to appear at Southampton Crown Court.

Bursledon Parish Council will be holding a by-election on December 7 to elect a replacement for the former Liberal Democrat Councillor who stood down recently.