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Legal arguments in scrap metal court case
11:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
THE trial of five men arrested when police raided an Oxfordshire scrap metal yard began yesterday.
All the defendants deny charges of attempting to acquire and conceal criminal property at TR Rogers Metal Recycling, in Nuneham Courtenay, in May last year.
They are on trial in connection with the purchase of metal power cables, lead and cigarettes which, the prosecution alleges, they knew or suspected to be stolen.
The arrests were part of Operation Symphony, which led to 20 people being charged with offences at five scrapyards in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire.
The men appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday to hear legal arguments from prosecution and defence barristers. No evidence has so far been heard in the case.
The men are Terence Rogers, 69, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard; Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon; Martin Pace, 35, of Abbott Road, Didcot; Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield; and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield.
A jury is due to be sworn in tomorrow and today more legal arguments will be heard by Judge Ian Pringle.
The trial is expected to last around four weeks.
The men have been released on bail.