A 58-YEAR-OLD man has appeared before York magistrates facing 18 charges relating to around 7,000 indecent images of children.

Peter Hofschroer, formerly of Rosedale Avenue, Acomb, is expected to deny all the allegations he faces.

Between them the charges allege he made indecent images of children on different dates over a ten-year period between 1999 and 2009.

Magistrates decided the case was too serious for them to deal with and sent him to York Crown Court where he will appear on December 15.

Hofschroer, who represented himself, was remanded him in custody.