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Two in court over sperm website

Two men accused of making sperm available over the internet without a licence have appeared in court.

Ricky Gage, 48, and Nigel Woodforth, 42, from Reading, Berkshire, were charged with two offences under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.

They are accused of operating a company, Fertility 1st, without a licence. Both men deny the charges.

According to the prosecution, the firm had been making sperm from anonymous donors available through a website.

It is alleged the men acted as brokers for women who want to conceive, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mr Gage and Mr Woodforth will stand trial in London at a later date.

Both men were arrested in Reading in November by Metropolitan Police.

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