A Birmingham man has appeared in court charged with public nuisance in relation to a string of indecent phone calls made to primary schools, nurseries and dental practices.

David Cox, 55, from Lowerstack Croft, Tile Cross, appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court accused of making calls of a sexual nature to a number of establishments across the UK.

It is alleged that thousands of calls were made between June 8 and December 6 this year, the court heard.

No plea was entered on Tuesday and magistrates granted Cox conditional bail to return to the same court on January 18. The case will then be committed to Crown Court.

Cox, who is married, is to stay at his home address and also has to report to his local police station three times a week.