Neil Fox
DJ Neil Fox arrives to face sexual assault charges at Westminster Magistrates Court Getty

Radio DJ Neil 'Dr' Fox has been cleared of five counts of indecent assault on the first day of his trial for historic sex abuse. Fox, 54, had been accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and two of sexual touching without consent against nine girls aged between 13 and 16 during the span of 1987 and 2014.

On the opening day of his trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court, prosecutors threw out charges that he forcibly kissing a girl at a 1991 motor show in Bromley, south east London, and a further four alleged indecent assaults on three girls in Euston in the 1980s.

He is still to stand trial on four counts of four indecent assaults on three teenage girls, four indecent assaults on a woman and two sexual assaults on two women. Fox pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Fox, from Fulham London, was first arrested in September 2014, and was arrested again in December and March.

He is known for presenting radio shows on Magic FM and Capital FM, as well as being a judge for ITV's Pop Idol alongside Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman between 2001 and 2003.