Wiltshire

Earl of Cardigan faces trial on Wiltshire theft charges

The Earl of Cardigan, David Brudenell-Bruce
Image caption The Earl of Cardigan was released on conditional bail

The Earl of Cardigan will face a Crown court trial after pleading not guilty to criminal damage and theft.

David Brudenell-Bruce, 59, appeared at Swindon Magistrates' Court accused of damaging pheasant feeders and stealing a battery and power unit - all of which belong to Peter Tilley.

The case was adjourned until 6 September.

District Judge Simon Cooper released the earl, of Savernake Lodge near Marlborough, on conditional bail.

A previous hearing at Salisbury Magistrates' Court on 4 July was adjourned after the earl's lawyer voiced concerns about his mental health and he was taken to hospital.

He was arrested by police on 3 July and charged that night.

He is alleged to have damaged six pheasant feeders worth £66 between 4 June and 29 June and stolen a battery and electrical power unit worth £80 on 23 June.

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