Sussex

Terry Bridger: Pagham stand-off accused has cancer

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Image caption Police were at the scene of the stand-off in Harbour Road for 40 hours

A man charged with threatening to kill his wife and police in a 40-hour stand-off has been diagnosed with cancer and is too ill to attend court.

Terry Bridger, 72, is charged with threatening to kill and possessing a gun with intent to cause fear of violence at his home in West Sussex.

He is also charged with common assault and threatening to damage property.

Sussex Police spent two nights at a house in Harbour Road, Pagham during the stand-off last month.

Portsmouth Crown Court, where Mr Bridger was due to enter pleas, was told he had recently been transferred from Lewes Prison to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

"He is very ill," said prosecutor Mark Ashley.

Judge Roger Hetherington said the situation at the hospital was "developing".

The case was adjourned to 21 November, with a trial date set for 20 February.

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