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Jury selection for Rolf Harris trial

By Margaret Davis

Jury selection has begun in the trial of veteran TV performer Rolf Harris.

The 84-year-old is accused of indecently assaulting four girls, the youngest of whom was seven or eight and the oldest 19, between 1968 and 1986, which he denies.

He appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday accompanied by a security team and wife Alwen, as well as daughter Bindi.

Sitting in the dock in a packed courtroom, Harris watched as an initial panel of possible jurors was selected.

Harris, from Bray in Berks, denies 12 counts of indecent assault.

Mr Justice Sweeney told the panel of 17 potential jurors chosen from the pool that they are likely to be called back tomorrow.

He said: "Do not, and I underline not, go away and start trying to research this case in any way."

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