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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
Three in court over Ribbon sit-in
The Rotherwas Ribbon
The Rotherwas Ribbon is 60m (197ft) long
An 81-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife have appeared in court after being arrested at a protest to save a group of 4,000-year-old stones.

Mervyn and Virginia Morgan, of Westfield House, Ross-on-Wye, pleaded not guilty to aggravated trespass at Hereford Magistrates' Court.

A third defendant, Jacqueline Tonge, 46, of Bute Avenue, Putson, spoke only to confirm her name and address.

The charges relate to an incident at a Herefordshire Council cabinet meeting.

Eight people were arrested at the meeting, on 12 July, after taking part in a sit-in at the council's Brockington building.

'Protective shield'

Archaeologists have said the 197ft (60m) Rotherwas Ribbon, found by road builders, could be as important as Stonehenge.

Herefordshire Council wants to build a protective shield over it and build a relief road over it.

The case was adjourned until 1 August, where Ms Tonge is expected to enter her plea.

All three were granted unconditional bail.

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