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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 February, 2005, 15:44 GMT
Man denies damaging BNP's wreath
A man who laid a wreath on top of one placed by the British National Party (BNP) at a Holocaust memorial service denied criminal damage on Tuesday.

Amicus convenor Martin Gleeson, 43, is accused of damaging the 20 wreath when he used a trade union one to hide it.

Mr Gleeson, of Chadderton, Oldham, was arrested by a police officer at the event at the town's Cenotaph in January after a BNP official complained.

Oldham magistrates adjourned the case until 22 March for a pre-trial review.

Mr Gleeson had been at the ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as secretary of the town's Amicus branch.

It will be the third hearing of the case before a trial is heard at the court.

The Department of Constitutional Affairs has refused to say how much taxpayers' money the prosecution will cost.

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