Man charged with having sex with corpse

Missing teenager Paige Chivers

Missing teenager Paige Chivers

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A man has appeared in court charged with having sex with the corpse of a missing teenage girl.

Paige Chivers, 15, from Bispham, Blackpool, was last seen in August 2007.

Since then, there have been no corroborated sightings of her and no contact with her family or friends, despite numerous appeals, rewards and a long-running police investigation.

Today, Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, appeared before magistrates in the resort accused of sexual penetration of a corpse, assisting an offender and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Co-defendant Robert Ewing, 59, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, is charged with Paige’s murder and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Both were remanded in custody to next appear at Preston Crown Court on September 30.