Twelve in court over abduction

Twelve people have appeared in court accused of being involved in the abduction and beating of a man and a woman in West Norfolk earlier this year.

Violet Chilton (56), of Dades Lane, St John Fen End, appeared before Norwich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, along with 11 other defendants.

The other defendants include Edward Dolan (37), Wayne Dolan (35) and Sheila Conboy (55), all of Walpole Marsh, Walpole St Andrew, Laura Dolan (36), of Two Sisters Close, Sutton Bridge, and Thomas Chilton (28) and Jason Chilton (26), both of Dades Lane, St John Fen End.

Vanessa Frankham (48), of Wisbech Road, Walpole St Andrew, Natalie Cooper, (22), of Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, and Valerie Harris, (46), of Thistlebrook, London, also appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday, along with two 17-year-old youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

No evidence was offered and none of the charges were formally put to the defendants. The case was adjourned until a further hearing on September 6, when it is expected that pleas will be taken.

No date has yet been fixed for the pending trial but it is expected to start early in the new year and last for up to four weeks.