Five bailed in estate agent kidnap case

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:23 10 September 2013

Bristol Crown Court.

Bristol Crown Court.

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FIVE people have been bailed in 
connection with the alleged kidnap of a former Weston estate agent.

Stephen Waters and Justin Weldon appeared via video link at Bristol 
Crown Court on Tuesday, accused of kidnapping Graham Slade and keeping him prisoner at a quarry.

But the Mercury can exclusively reveal that five others have been bailed until later this month as part of Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Operation Japan.

John Penny, prosecuting, described the five who have been bailed as a 
‘network’ involved in the alleged kidnap on August 9. No details as to those arrested have been made public.

Waters, of Bleadon Hill, and Weldon, of Highbury Close, are facing charges of causing actual bodily harm, wounding with intent as well as kidnapping and false imprisonment.

North Somerset Courthouse was told on August 12 that Mr Slade supposedly owed the pair £200,000, with interest at one point being charged at £1,000 per day.

The former estate agent was then allegedly locked up in a pick-up at 
Kewstoke Quarry in Kewstoke Road.

Police have confirmed the charges do not relate to the Old Town Quarry in South Road, as was stated by the Crown Prosecution Service at last month’s court appearance.

Waters and Weldon were not asked to make a plea at this stage because of the uncertainty over whether others will be charged for similar offences.

If the Weston pair, aged 54 and 37 respectively, plead not guilty a trial will take place next year.

They will remain on remand ahead of their next court appearance in Bristol on November 15.

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