Man in court over explosions in North Staffordshire
A SIXTH suspect has appeared in court in connection with a series of explosions across North Staffordshire.
The blasts occurred at three addresses in Blythe Bridge, Cheadle and Weston Coyney on Friday August 3.
Martin Drewery, of Sandy Lane, Brown Edge, appeared before North Staffordshire Magistrates charged with conspiracy to blackmail yesterday.
The 42-year-old was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, where he will appear on December 19, alongside five other suspects.
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They are Andrew Boal, aged 32, of Ballygowan, Newtonards, Edvinas Sermutenes, aged 30, of Belfast, Jason Taft, aged 40, of Bagnall, Thomas Leslie, aged 54, of County Down, and Thomas Leslie, aged 34, also of County Down.
Two other men have been released on police bail after being questioned in connection with the blasts.
They are a 32-year-old from Baddeley Green and a 45-year-old from Cheadle.
At an earlier court hearing, prosecutor Robert Price said the matter was a 'complex investigation.'