A 95-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with committing historic child sex offences over a 25-year period.

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised the charging of a Jack Mount, from Devon.

The charges related to offences which were allegedly carried out by Mount between 1954 and 1979.

Wendy Bounds, district crown prosecutor from West Midlands CPS, said: "I have authorised West Mercia Police to charge Jack Mount with 32 counts of sexual offences relating to 12 victims.

"The counts span a period of over 20 years and involve both male and female victims.

"Criminal proceedings are now active and the defendant has a right to a fair trial."

Mount, born in May 1919, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court last week. One of the charges is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley.