ALAN MARKS, a former magistrate accused of dangerous driving in Stratford-upon-Avon following the so-called Costa Coffee crash nearly 18 months ago, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday.
Mr Marks, who lives in Shottery, did not enter a plea. He is due to appear at the same court again on Monday 4th November for a plea and case management hearing.
On 23rd April 2012 a car driven by Mr Marks mounted the pavement outside the Costa Coffee shop in Henley Street. Several people were injured, including Mr Marks himself.
Following an investigation lasting more than six months Warwickshire Police announced that there would be no prosecution through lack of evidence.
At the end of November last year the newly-elected police and crime commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, asked for the case to be reviewed on grounds of public interest.
After several more months’ investigation the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mr Marks was being charged with dangerous driving.
Mr Marks was a Warwickshire magistrate at the time of the incident but later resigned.
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