Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Policeman Keith Boots faces drugs theft trial

A West Yorkshire Police inspector and his son are to go on trial accused of stealing drugs seized by the force with the intention of selling them.

Keith Boots, 54, and his son Ashley Boots, 29, both denied a total of 16 charges between them when they appeared at Leeds Crown Court by video link.

A third defendant, Ian Mitchell, 27, of HMP Leeds, denied conspiracy to perverting the course of justice.

All three are due to stand trial on 3 January 2017.

The offences were alleged to have taken place between May 2012 and December 2014.

Keith Boots, of Normanton Lane, Bradford, was suspended from West Yorkshire Police in December 2014 but the force said it could not confirm whether he remained suspended "for legal reasons".

He pleaded not guilty to four charges of theft and six counts of possession of drugs including heroin, cocaine, cannabis and TFMPP with intent to supply.

He also denied three counts of conspiracy to supply drugs to another, one charge of conspiracy to perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to steal controlled drugs and possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.

Ashley Boots, of Weatherhouse Terrace, Halifax, pleaded not guilty to six counts of possession of drugs with intent to supply, three charges of conspiracy to supply, one of conspiracy to perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to steal controlled drugs and possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.

They, along with Mr Mitchell, have been remanded in custody until 4 November when they are due to appear at Leeds Crown Court for a pre-trial review hearing.

The trial is expected to last three months.

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