Horsemeat trio appear in court

Three men arrested in connection with the horsemeat scandal have appeared at the City of London magistrates court. 

Alex Ostler-Beech, 43, from Hull, 54-year-old Andrew Sideras of Southgate and Ulrik Nielsen, 57, from Denmark were all charged with conspiracy to defraud.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was bringing the charges after careful examination of evidence from the UK and overseas.

The three men were released on bail and have been ordered to appear at Inner London crown court on 25 October.

Investigations by City of London Police, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), as well as law enforcement agencies across the UK and Europe, found that between 1 January 2012 and 31 October 2012, the three men conspired together and, with others, to defraud purchasers that contained wholly or in part a mixture of beef and horsemeat by arranging for the two meats to be combined as the sale of beef.

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