The trial of Hoole man Nicholas Crawshaw continues today (Thursday, March 3) at Warrington Crown Court.

The 23-year-old is accused of 16 sex offences, including 10 rapes, against seven victims between 2010 and 2015. Crawshaw denies all of the charges against him.

Judge Tina Landale concluded her summing up of the case yesterday and sent the jury out to consider their verdict.

Chronicle reporter Mike Fuller is in court today and will be providing live updates.

Signing off

Court has finished for the day. Thank you for following today’s live updates. We will resume our live coverage in the morning.

Third day of deliberations

Judge Landale has called the jury in to send them home. There are no verdicts to report today. Deliberations will resume in the morning.

Discussions ongoing

The jury first retired shortly after 11am yesterday, meaning we are approaching almost two full days of discussions over Nicholas Crawshaw’s fate. There is still no verdict to bring you on any of the counts.

Back to the deliberations

No decision to bring you post-lunch. The jury are still locked in deliberations. They must come to an individual decision on all 16 counts.

Court breaks for lunch

There is no decision to bring you from Warrington at this moment in time.

No verdict is expected to be returned between 1pm and 2pm as the court breaks for lunch.

The charges

Here is the full list of charges faced by Nicholas Crawshaw, all of which he denies:

Count 1: Sexual assault of a girl under the age of 16 between January and May 2010. First complainant.
Count 2: Sexual assault of a girl under the age of 16 between January and May 2010. First complainant.
Count 3: Rape of a girl under the age of 16 between January and May 2010. Second complainant.
Count 4: Rape of a girl under the age of 16 in April 2010. Third complainant.
Count 5: Assault by penetration in March or April 2012. Fourth complainant.
Count 6: Assault by penetration in March or April 2012. Fourth complainant.
Count 7: Rape of a woman in March or April 2012. Fourth complainant.
Count 8: Rape of a woman in July 2012. Fifth complainant.
Count 9: Sexual assault in June 2015. Sixth complainant.
Count 10: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Sixth complainant.
Count 11: Assault by penetration in June 2015. Seventh complainant.
Count 12: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Seventh complainant.
Count 13: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Seventh complainant.
Count 14: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Seventh complainant.
Count 15: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Seventh complainant.
Count 16: Rape of a woman in June 2015. Seventh complainant.

Deliberations continue

No movement on a verdict yet this morning at Warrington Crown Court. The jury were first sent out just after 11am on Wednesday following Judge Landale’s final summary of the evidence.

Waiting game begins again

As it was yesterday, it is now a case of waiting as we do not know how long this process will take. At this stage Judge Tina Landale is still only accepting a majority verdict on each of the counts. We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.

Jury resumes deliberations

The jury are brought into the courtroom, take their seats and then immediately retire to resume their deliberations.

Updates to come

Chronicle reporter Mike Fuller has arrived at Warrington Crown Court and we’ll be handing over to him shortly for the first of his updates.

Welcome

Good morning.

Today we’ll be bringing you live updates from the trial of Nicholas Crawshaw.

The trial is in its fourth week and you can click HERE to read what happened in court yesterday (Wednesday, March 2).

Also, an extremely important warning has been issued by the judge regarding the naming of any alleged victim.

And Cheshire Police have said anyone who identifies a complainant will be ‘arrested very quickly’.

We urge anyone reading this blog to read more about this HERE.

We are nearing the end of the trial. The jury spent almost five hours deliberating their verdict yesterday and will resume this morning.

The Chronicle’s Mike Fuller has been following the trial from day one and is in court today. He’ll be bringing you updates throughout the day.