A 42-year-old man has appeared in court over allegations of taking indecent images of a teenage boy and girl.

Stephen Cobby, of Rotherfield Avenue in Hastings, has been charged with 16 offences of taking indecent images, three of making indecent images, and one of distributing indecent images.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in a four-year period between 2007 and 2011 in East Sussex and follow an investigation by East Sussex specialist child protection detectives.

The 42-year-old appeared on bail at Hastings Magistrates Court today and attend a preliminary hearing at Lewes Crown Court on Friday February 8.