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Dowager Countess Bathurst's ex-housekeeper on theft charges

A former housekeeper accused of stealing valuable antiques from the Dowager Countess Bathurst will face trial next year.

Kim Roberts is charged with the theft of £500,000 worth of antiques from the countess's Cirencester and London homes.

She is also charged with stealing a car from interior designer Emily Olympitis.

The 58-year-old from Coliton, Devon, pleaded not guilty to six charges at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

She had originally faced three charges but following publicity more people came forward alleging she had stolen from them, and she now faces seven charges.

Ms Roberts pleaded guilty to a seventh charge related to the theft of antiques from Countess Bathurst's Cirencester home, but the basis of the plea was not accepted by the Crown.

Among the items she is accused of stealing were silver antique vases belonging to the countess and a Volvo XC90 car owned by Emily Olympitis.

Ms Roberts was released on bail until her trial on April 13.

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