04:15AM, Friday 04 November 2011
A Maidenhead man charged in connection with the Altwood schoolboys memorial theft has denied handling stolen goods.
Adam Brettell, 31, from Evenlode, appeared at Slough Magistrates this afternoon.
He is accused of selling parts of the cut up bronze figure to a local scrap metal merchant.
Brettell and another man allegedly went to the yard on Tuesday with the pieces in a van.
Police arrested him after the merchant tipped them off on Wednesday. The pieces were later identified by the memorial creator Eunice Goodman.
It was made using public donations to remember Lee Powell, Andrew Watts, Daniel Howton, and Michael Taylor who died on a skiing trip on Easter Monday, 1988.
It was stolen from Ray Mill Island sometime between 5pm on Friday and 10.30am on Saturday.
Brettell was released on conditional bail to appear at the same court on January 6.
Two other people were also arrested on Wednesday in connection with the theft.
A 26-year-old man has been released on bail until November 11 and a 24-year-old man has been released from his bail, with no further police action.
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