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Scrap metal dealers in court
3:50pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
FIVE scrap metal dealers from south Essex have denied handling stolen goods after undercover police work.
Anthony Leeman, 51, and Harris Leeman, 25, both of Inglefield Road, Fobbing, Anthony Lodemore, 62, of Great Burches Road, Benfleet, Wayne Powell, 34, of Whitmore Way, Basildon, and Howard Smith, 51, of Beeston Courts, Basildon, pleaded not guilty to charges at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.
The group are accused of taking BT cabling from police officers working undercover on a special operation in November and December last year.
Lodemore faces three charges from the sting for incidents on November 23 and 28 and December 11 at a scrap metal yard, in Basildon, involving BT cable with a combined valued of £692.20. The charges against Smith and Powell relate to the visits to the Basildon yard on November 23 and 28 respectively.
The Leemans are both charged with incidents on December 12 and 18, in Thurrock, where cables with a combined worth of £203.20 were offered.
Harris Leeman has one additional charge, dated December 20, where £179.20 worth of cable was brought by police to the yard.
All five who stood in the dock side-by-side must now attend a plea and case management hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 6.