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Officer denies pressurising scrapyard to buy stolen metal
9:30am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
AN UNDERCOVER police officer has insisted he did not put pressure on a scrapyard to take suspicious metal.
Yesterday one of two operatives who posed as metal thieves in a sting operation at TR Rogers & Sons continued giving evidence.
The officers – codenamed ‘Andy’ and ‘Kinger’ – were sent into the Nuneham Courtenay scrapyard to see if those working there would accept “suspicious” metal between March and May last year.
The prosecution alleges they were met with “wilful blindness” from five employees, despite making repeated references to the cables and lead they brought in being stolen.
After reading a transcript of a conversation where ‘Kinger’ repeatedly asked Rogers to take the cable, Peter Stage, defending Simon Rogers said: “That is you pushing to get crime committed, which you are forbidden to do.”
The witness told him: “No, not at all.”
Terence Rogers, 70, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard; Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon; Martin Pace, 36, of Brookmead Drive, Wallingford; Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield, and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield, deny attempting to conceal, disguise or convert criminal property. The trial continues.