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Carlisle man accused of stalking woman to stand trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN from Carlisle accused of stalking a woman has had his trial date set for December this year.

Ian Nelson Bell, 55, appeared at the city’s crown court this morning (WED) and pleaded not guilty to one charge.

This charge alleges the stalking of a woman at Abbeytown during a three-year period between June 1 and May 22.

It is alleged Bell’s conduct caused “serious alarm or distress”, and involved him “attending on numerous occasions at her home address and also called her on multiple occasions which was unwanted”.

During today’s short hearing, a date was fixed for the trial, which is due to start at the crown court on December 14 and, it is estimated, will last around three days.

A further case management hearing will take place in August, and in the meantime Bell, of Oaklands Drive, Upperby, Carlisle, was granted bail on condition he does not contact any prosecution witnesses in the case.

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