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Jury in fire bomb case sworn in

Mel Broughton
Mel Broughton denied conspiracy to commit arson

The jury in the trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of fire bombing Oxford University colleges has been sworn in.

Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, had denied targeting Queen's College with explosives.

He was arrested by police investigating a fire at Queen's College sports pavilion in 2006 and explosives found at Templeton College in 2007.

The trial, at Oxford Crown Court, was adjourned until Thursday.

He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of possession of an article or articles with intent to destroy or damage property.



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