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Jury is selected in new scrap metal yard trial
10:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
The trial of five men arrested when police raided a North Oxfordshire scrap metal yard began yesterday.
The defendants deny charges of attempting to acquire and convert criminal property after police raided Smiths of Bloxham, near Banbury, in May last year.
Peter Smith, 68, of Bloxham Road, Bloxham, has denied charges of attempting to acquire and convert criminal property.
Tommy Smith, 36, of Bloxham Road, Bloxham, Joey Smith, 23, of Milton Road, Adderbury, Henry Penfold, 21, of Tadmarton Road, Bloxham, and Matthew Miles, 25, of Main Street, Great Bourton, also denied the same charges.
In total, they pleaded not guilty to 43 counts allegedly committed between January and May last year.
They will now face trial in connection with the purchase of stripped power cables, a Mitsubishi FTO coupe, cigarettes and BT cables which, the prosecution alleges, they knew or suspected to be stolen.
Tommy Smith also denied possessing a shotgun without a licence and possessing a prohibited weapon on May 29 last year.
Yesterday no evidence was heard in the case but a jury was selected.
Their trial is expected to last three weeks.