A JURY has failed to reached verdicts on 14 child sex charges brought against Nailsworth man James King.

At the end of the eight day trial jurors spent two days in deliberation but were unable to agree on majority verdicts on any of the charges against Mr King, aged 32, of Highwood Court, Nailsworth.

Judge William Hart discharged the jury of seven men and five women on Wednesday when they said they did not think they would be able to agree even if given more time.

When Mr King was arrested he said the allegations were completely untrue – a fiction made up by the alleged victims to ‘secure his downfall.’ After discharging the jury the judge gave the prosecution 14 days to decide to seek a retrial.