Former JJB executive chairman Sir David Jones has been charged by the Serious Fraud Office with two offences in connection with forgery and misleading statements made to the market in 2009.

Appearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, 70-year-old Jones held the role of executive chairman between January 2009 and January 2010.

Jones’ son Stuart has also been charged aiding and abetting his father’s “use of a false instrument”.

Jones, who was chairman of Next for almost twenty years, was at the helm of JJB between January 2009 and January 2010.

The two men have been released on unconditional bail. The next hearing will take place at Crown Court on April 19.

JJB collapsed into adminsitration last October after rescue attempts, such as investment from US retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, failed.