Dave Lee Travis, who faces sex abuse charges

Veteran BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis has appeared in court on sex abuse charges and maintained his innocence.

Travis, 68, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court to face 12 charges against victims as young as 15 years old.

According to the prosecution, Travis - real name David Patrick Griffin - committed the offences between 1977 and 2007.

Travis was charged as part of Operation Yewtree which began in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal last year. The charges faced by Travis fall into the "Others" category of the investigation, meaning they are not directly related to Savile.

Travis's lawyer, Martin Bale, said: "Mr Travis is naturally disappointed that charges have been proferred and we will be taking stock of the position in the coming weeks once we have full details of the prosecution case.

"Mr Travis denies the allegations and looks forward to having the opportunity to clear his name."

Travis indicated he wants a jury trial at a crown court. He is due back in court on 6 September.