Rape accused in dock

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A MAN has been remanded in custody after being charged with rape and assault.

Alan Smart faces four counts of rape and one each of assault causing grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm. The 35-year-old, of Shrewsbury Avenue, Sunderland, entered no pleas to the charges when he appeared before Sunderland magistra-

Smart will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on February 21.