'Escort scam' trial: Jury retires to consider verdicts

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The jury in a trial about an alleged £5.7m escort and debt scam has retired to consider its verdicts.

Five defendants, including retired West Yorkshire detective Christopher Taylor, 57, are on trial for conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

Another man, Toni Muldoon, of the Costa Del Sol, in Spain, has admitted conspiracy to defraud in the scams, which had 14,000 victims in the UK.

Judge Rupert Overbury told the jury to "take as much time as you need".

Mark Bell, 41, of Westerfield, and Colin Samuels, 61, of Redgrave, Bradley Rogers, 29, of Malaga, and Geraldine French, 60, who lived in Spain and also has links in Suffolk, all deny the charges.

The prosecution is being brought by Suffolk Trading Standards. The trial, at Ipswich Crown Court , has lasted more than two months.

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