1saveJoseph Shade, who played Ian Beale’s son on the soap for six years from 1998 to 2004, has been charged with sex offences against young girls. The former child star, now 23, is accused of abusing four girls.

He has been charged with abuse of a position of trust, sexual activity with a girl, and inciting sexual activity with a girl. According to Eastern Daily Press, Shade is a youth worker and was charged by officers from Norfolk police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit. He did not enter a plea.

A police spokesman told The Sun on Sunday newspaper the alleged offences relate to girls in north Norfolk from December 2012 to March 2015. Shade, of Sheringham, Norfolk, appeared before Norwich Magistrates’ on November 18 and was bailed to appear at Norwich Crown Court on December 16.