Date set for Woodbridge Methodist Church lead theft trial

Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT

Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT

The trial of a man accused of stealing lead from the roof of a Suffolk church will take place in July.

Darren Best was due to stand trial before magistrates’ in Ipswich this week – but the hearing was adjourned for two months for prosecution evidence to be served on the defence.

Best, 46, of Angel Lane, Woodbridge, denied theft at an earlier hearing on March 20 at the same court.

He is alleged to have stolen £1,302 of lead from the roof of Woodbridge Methodist Church at some point between July 29 and 30 last year.

On Wednesday, solicitor Mark Holt applied for an adjournment in order for the prosecution to provide evidence not yet served on the defence.

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Magistrates granted the application to vacate the trial date and gave the Crown Prosecution Service 14 days to serve the evidence.

Best was granted unconditional bail until the trial on July 11.

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