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Jury hears from BT employee in scrap metal trial
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A JURY heard evidence from a BT employee in the trial of five men accused of “turning a blind eye” to potential scrap metal thieves.
Robert Gray, from the BT Open Reach Security Division, was asked to identify various types of cables used by BT when he appeared as a witness yesterday in Oxford Crown Court.
It is alleged that between March and May last year, five employees of TR Rogers & Sons in Nuneham Courtenay accepted metal cables and lead from two undercover police officers.
The prosecution claims because of the “appearance” of the cables, and comments made by officers, the scrap dealers should have realised they were “suspicious” and not accepted them.
Terence Rogers, 70, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard; Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon; Martin Pace, 36, of Abbott Road, Didcot; Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield, and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield, deny attempting to conceal, disguise or convert criminal property.
Peter Stage, defending Simon Rogers, showed Mr Gray different samples of cable and asked if some of the non-BT cables were “identical” to those owned by BT.
The witness said they were, but that BT cables are often printed with the company name.