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Cleared pilot David Lloyd returning to job at Mona club

A 65-year-old former RAF pilot from Anglesey who has been cleared of drugs smuggling charges says he plans to return to his job as a flying instructor.

David Lloyd spent seven weeks on trial at Liverpool Crown Court with three other men accused of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the UK.

Mr Lloyd, of Llangristiolus, denied any part in the alleged £3.5m plot.

He said he was looking forward to getting on with his life.

"All my licences have been frozen, held. All my bank accounts have been frozen," he said.

"They've even kept the premium bonds I've won in the last two years and that's about £500 worth."

He said he would return to his role as chief flying instructor at Mona Flying Club.

His son, also David Lloyd, said his father had had no access to finances and no way of working for 21 months.

"In addition to not being able to earn money or access his money, for four-and-a-half months he was on an electronic tag with which he was not allowed to leave the confines of his house, the bricks and mortar of his house," he said.

"He was not even allowed to walk in the garden for four-and-a-half months."

The jury will continue considering verdicts next week on David Watson, 54, Richard McArthur, 45, and Paul Roche, 55, who all deny the charges.

The jury previously heard that Mr Watson, from Prestwich, Manchester, was the leader of a "team" which smuggled 14kg of cocaine into the UK in a light aircraft.

He allowed his private plane to be used to bring in the drugs, which had a wholesale value of about £630,000, to Mona airfield in Anglesey from Le Touquet, France, in July 2009, the court heard.

The court heard that the haul of drugs was collected in France by former soldier Mathew Lockwood, 29, from Prestwich. He has already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to import the drugs.

Also allegedly involved were Mr McArthur, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and Mr Roche, from Prestwich.

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