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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Arrest warrants issued for Carlisle couple accused of sex act in garden

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a married couple accused of performing a sex act in the garden of their Carlisle home.

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Spencer and Jacqueline Notridge

Spencer Notridge, 38, and his wife Jacqueline, 42, were due to go on trial at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday accused of outraging public decency.

But they failed to turn up and the case was postponed for 24 hours to allow them more time to travel up from Kent, where they now live.

But after they failed to attend court yesterday either, Judge Barbara Forrester issued a warrant for their arrest.

Once found, Spencer Notridge will be held in custody, but his wife, who is disabled, will be allowed bail.

A further hearing – which they will be expected to attend – will be held on May 13, at which a new date for their trial will be set.

The couple face a charge which alleges that in June 2011 they indulged in “lewd, obscene and disgusting” behaviour in the back garden of their home in Scalegate Road, Upperby, where they then lived.

It is alleged they performed a sex act in their back garden, which was easily overlooked by neighbours, some of whom had children.

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