A WIGAN pensioner facing a catalogue of child sex charges has also been arrested for the attempted rape of a boy in Manchester city centre.
John Ferrier, 68, is currently remanded in custody after appearing before Wigan and Leigh justices this week on suspicion of attacks against a girl of 11.
The nine charges against him include rape, sexual assault, causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in various forms of sexual activity and showing her indecent images.
All these offences are alleged to have happened in Wigan between March 1 and April 26 this year.
The hearing was told that the OAP from Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, had also been arrested and questioned in connection with the attempted rape of a 12-year-old boy in the toilets of Manchester’s Arndale Centre last Friday.
The suspect was arrested soon after the alleged incident but at first the boy himself could not be traced and a police appeal was subsequently made.
The youngster in question was later located and he has been interviewed by specially trained officers.
It is understood that the boy has yet to undergo a more in-depth interview.
As well as the nine child sex allegations, Ferrier had also been charged with breaching bail, but the prosecution dropped this at the magistrates’ hearing.
Justices remanded Ferrier in custody and committed him to appear before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court on October 31.