Four Syrian immigrants have been charged with sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls in a park in Newcastle. Omar Badreddin, 18, Mohammed Alfrouh, 20, and Mohammad Allakkoud, 18, all pleaded not guilty at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (10 June).

Alfrouh was also charged with sexually assaulting a second 14-year-old girl in the park, to which he has pleaded not guilty. A fourth suspect, a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, has also been charged with sexual assault and will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates on September 29.

The incident occurred on 10 May at Leazes Park, close to Newcastle United's home ground, St James' Park.

Mr Badreddin came to the UK from Jordan last November under the government's refugee resettlement programme after he and his family were judged to be vulnerable by the UN refugee agency.

The three adults charged in connection with the alleged incident have been released on bail. Their trial has been set for 26 September Mail Online reports.

The Prime Minister announced plans to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain at a cost of more than half a billion pounds.So far 1,602 Syrians have arrived in the country directly from refugee camps under the resettlement programme.