Nuneham Courtenay scrapyard 'accepted stolen metal'

Terence Rogers Terence Rogers ran the yard with his son and the other defendants, the court heard

An undercover police sting caught five men from a scrapyard happy to buy and sell stolen metal, a court has heard.

Two officers visited sites last year, trying to sell hundreds of kilos of supposed stolen copper cabling.

When they offered it to T R Rogers & Sons in Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, it was accepted, Oxford Crown Court was told.

The five men have all pleaded not guilty to attempting to conceal, disguise or sell on criminal property.

The court heard how the undercover officers, who will be giving evidence anonymously, would talk about how they had "no sleep" having been out overnight stealing the copper.

The prosecution said Terence Rogers, who ran the yard with his son Simon and the other three accused, accepted the cabling on an "ask no questions basis".

Terence Rogers, 69, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard, Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon, Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield, Martin Pace, 35, of Abbott Road, Didcot and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield deny the charges which relate to March, April and May of last year.

The trial continues.

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