A date has been set for Nicholas Crawshaw’s retrial on eight sex offences, including four rapes.

The Hoole man was found not guilty on March 4 of raping two women, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on a number of counts following deliberations spanning three days.

Crawshaw, 23, of West Street, will be tried again in more than six months time after a date was set by Judge Tina Landale for October 3 at Warrington Crown Court .

He still faces four counts of rape, two of sexual assault and two of assault by penetration concerning five complainants from between 2010 and 2012.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, said: “I can confirm what I said last Friday, the Crown does wish to have a retrial.”

Warrington Crown Court

At the end of the three-week trial, the 23-year-old was cleared of six counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration relating to two women from June 2015.

Crawshaw, who remains in custody, appeared for the hearing at Warrington Crown Court on March 11 to secure the retrial date.