Three students in court over rape

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THREE students have appeared in court and denied raping a teenage girl in South Tyneside.

Ferdoush Hasan, 22, Raabsan Khan, 19, and Abu Sufian, 21, all pleaded not guilty to a joint charge of rape.

The alleged attack, on a 15-year-old girl, happened in South Shields on Sunday, February 12 last year.

Hasan also denied a second charge of rape, relating to a different alleged victim a month before.

The Bangladeshi students will be tried by a jury later this month.

The trio, all of Ocean Road, South shields, were granted bail in the meantime.