Folk singer Roy Harper has appeared in court charged with committing a series of child sex offences in the 1970s.

The singer-songwriter, who has performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin, was not required to enter a plea to any of the charges during a four-minute appearance at Hereford Magistrates' Court.

Mr Harper with an address at Rossmore, near Clonakilty, Co Cork is accused of two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

He also faces three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency relating to the same alleged victim.

West Mercia Police said last week that Mr Harper had been charged with the offences, which are alleged to have occurred between 1975 and 1977 in the Herefordshire area.

He spoke only to give the clerk of the court his name and full address during today's hearing.

The 72-year-old declined to comment to reporters after his appearance before three magistrates.

He was granted unconditional bail and ordered to appear before a judge at Worcester Crown Court on 2 December.