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Jury out in trial of men who deny Eden Valley fraud plot

Carlisle Crown Court

A JURY in the trial of two men accused of involvement in an audacious insurance scam bid has retired to consider its verdicts.

Carlisle Crown Court has heard how a BMW belonging to an Eden Valley married couple was driven from a pub car park and burned “to a crisp” in a remote location south of Carlisle.

The husband and wife have admitted a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection to those events.

However, two men deny that charge. They insist they were not involved, do not even know each other and have gone on trial.

David Dixon, of Newbiggin, Stainton, near Penrith, and Kenneth Loughran, of Arnside Road, Carlisle, have each accepted while giving evidence to a jury they were in the car park and burnout areas at the relevant times, on June 10 in 2016.

However, the men – both aged 46 – have each maintained during time in the witness box they were in those areas, separately, for personal reasons.

Evidence in the case was summed up by Judge James Adkin earlier today (TUES). Jurors then retired to begin their deliberations.

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