Five Banbury men charged with accepting stolen goods appeared at Oxford Crown Court this morning (Monday).
Peter Smith, 68, of Milton Road, Bloxham, Tommy Smith, 36, of Milton Road, Bloxham and Joey Smith, 23, of Milton Road, Adderbury are all charged with attempting to acquire/use/possess criminal property and attempting to conceal/disguise/transfer/remove criminal property.
Henry Penfold, 21, of Kennett Houses, Tadmarton Road, Bloxham, and Matthew Miles, 25, from Prospect Cottages, Main Street, Great Bourton are also facing charges of attempting to acquire criminal property.
The defendants appeared in court only to confirm their identities. Peter Smith did not appear due to ongoing health concerns which the court is aware of.
A jury will be sworn in today (Monday) and is expected to begin hearing evidence tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday.
The defendants have pleaded not guilty to a total of 43 offences, which were alleged to have been committed between January and May 2012 following a police sting when undercover officers sold a quantity of stolen metal to the Smiths scrap yard in Bloxham.
The charges related to the purchase of stripped power cables, a Mitsubishi FTO, cigarettes and BT cables which the prosecution alleged the men accepted even though they knew the goods to be stolen.