Sex abuse trial of former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade, from Sheringham, delayed

Joseph Shade

Joseph Shade - Credit: Archant

The trial of a former EastEnders actor from Sheringham will begin tomorrow at Norwich Crown Court after the jury was sworn in and sent home.

Joseph Shade, 23, who played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 to 2004, denies nine counts of sexual abuse.

The youth worker is accused of sexual offences against four girls aged between 13 and 16, with the alleged offending taking place between 2012 and 2015.

Shade, of Cliff Road, Sheringham, faces eight counts of causing or inciting a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

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