Ex-footballer Phil King charged over stolen goods

Phil King pictured playing for Aston Villa in 1994
Image caption Phil King played for clubs including Aston Villa during his professional football career

A former Swindon, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday footballer has been charged with handling stolen goods.

Phil King, 43, of Rodbourne, Swindon, has been charged with six counts of concealing, disguising or removing criminal property.

Mr King runs the Dolphin pub in Rodbourne and has provided analysis of Swindon's games for BBC Wiltshire.

Two other men have also been charged and will stand trial at Oxford Crown Court in November.

Trevor Bateman of Oakham Close, Swindon, and David Merriman of Swansdown Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, also pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

Mr Bateman and Mr Merriman face charges including fraud, transferring and converting criminal property and engaging in unfair commercial practices.

Mr King was part of the Swindon Town squad which won promotion from Division Three in 1987, before being transferred to Sheffield Wednesday.

After a career including spells at Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, he returned to the Wiltshire club in 1997 making five more appearances.

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