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Man accused of wounding fellow North Cumbria farmer and “furious” quad bike driving

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN accused of unlawfully wounding a fellow north Cumbria farmer during an incident also allegedly involving the “furious” driving of a quad bike is to stand trial next year.

Michael Read, 57, faced two charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (FRI).

One charge alleges the unlawful and malicious wounding by Read of Neil McNally. The other alleges Read caused bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving” while having charge of a quad bike.

Both allegations arise out of an incident which is said to have occurred in North Cumbria on July 29 last year.

Read, of Fawcettlees, Bewcastle, pleaded not guilty to both charges when they were read to him by a court clerk.

A trial in front of a jury is not set to take place at the crown court in the week of February 15 next year.

In the meantime Read was granted bail by the judge in today’s hearing, Recorder Katherine Pierpoint.

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