Lincolnshire MP's agent denies kidnap charge

Five people, including the agent of Lincolnshire MP John Hayes, have appeared in court to deny kidnapping charges.

Craig Jackson, 40, is one of three men accused of abducting 50-year-old Lawrence Marshall from the village of Holbeach Clough in January.

At Lincoln Crown Court, he pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap.

Two other men and two women also appeared at the court to deny charges relating to the case.

Mr Jackson, of Wharf Street in Sutton Bridge, has worked as spokesman for Mr Hayes, the Conservative MP for South Holland and the Deepings, and as a researcher for international development minister Stephen O'Brien.

He also pleaded not guilty to assault, causing actual bodily harm, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by giving false accounts to police and destroying evidence.

Trial date

Andrew Sayer, 39, of Moons Green in Moulton, and Ian Barnes, 40, of Cloudesley Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, each denied conspiracy to kidnap and assault.

Mr Jackson's sister, 37-year-old Angela Skeels, of Crown Lodge in Holbeach Clough, denied conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Gina Page, 47, of Estuary Close Kings Lynn, denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The case was adjourned for trial on a date to be arranged.

Mr Jackson and Mr Barnes were remanded in custody, while the others were granted bail.

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