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Men deny Kendal crack cocaine “supply” charge

Carlisle Crown Court

TWO men arrested have denied charges alleging the possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply, and handling stolen goods in Kendal.

Cumbria police announced in early December that two men from Manchester had been charged following an incident in the Kirkland area of the town.

A car was said to have been “in collision with a police car and two parked vehicles” at about 11-45am on Friday, 7th December.

Billy John Carl Johnson, 27, and 26-year-old Stephen Ayrey appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (MON) over a video link from Preston prison.

During a short hearing in front of Judge Peter Davies, both men pleaded not guilty to the alleged possession, with intent to supply, of class A crack cocaine on 7th December.

The two men also each denied a charge alleging the handling of stolen goods – a Renault vehicle – on the same date.

Johnson further denied a charge which alleges dangerous driving of a Renault in public in the Kirkland area – also on 7th December.

A trial date was provisionally listed for 29th April, and a further hearing will take place at the crown court on 1st February.

In the meantime, Johnson, of Reginald Street, and Ayrey, of The Gardens, both Eccles, Manchester, were remanded in custody by Judge Davies.

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