A RAGING mob screamed and shouted abuse outside court at a group of 27 men and two women accused of a string of sex crimes against children.
Protesters wearing balaclavas were pictured gathered at the front of Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks., as the defendants arrived today.
A group of 29 people have been charged with historical sex offences against children.
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC told the court that the defendants have been split into three groups which are set to face three different trials early next year.
Mr Wright QC said: "We are not going to serve all of the evidence for each defendant, there will be discrete cases served for each."
The first group are set to go on trial on January 8 next year.
The trial for the first group is provisionally expected to last ten weeks.
Judge Recorder of Leeds Peter Collier bailed all of the defendants apart from two who are in custody for separate offences.
Recorder of Leeds Peter Collier said: "Your bail conditions will continue on the same terms.
"If you don't come to court when requested then this is a separate imprisonable offence.
"You each have to prepare a defence statement by the 17th August. If you fail to do so it may go against you in the trial.
"If you break conditions of your bail you could be arrested and kept in custody until the case is over."
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