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Fresh abuse claims made against TV star Rolf Harris

By Jemma Crew

Rolf Harris had an appetite for sexually assaulting young girls and women, leading him to commit a series of "brazen" attacks spanning 30 years, a court has heard.

A blind, disabled woman and a 12-year-old girl were among those allegedly groped by the TV entertainer, who is on trial for another wave of sex charges said to have taken place between 1971 and 2004.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees asked jury members at Southwark Crown Court to consider whether it was the 86-year-old's celebrity status that had made him so audacious.

Each of the new alleged victims contacted the police or the NSPCC in the wake of the "widespread publicity" surrounding the first trial, Mr Rees said.

In December last year, Judge Alistair McCreath ruled the entertainer would not have to attend proceedings in person because of his age and health.

The case, which is expected to last six weeks, was adjourned until this morning.

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