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Quad bike film MP case adjourned

 Nicholas Soames
Nicholas Soames has represented Mid Sussex since 1997

The case against MP Nicholas Soames, allegedly filmed riding a quad bike illegally, has been adjourned.

The Mid Sussex Conservative MP is accused of towing two children in a trailer in Slaugham, West Sussex, following a hunt on January 3.

Mr Soames, 60, a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, was summoned to Crawley Magistrates' Court to face alleged insurance and safety offences.

But the case has been adjourned until 14 May at the request of the defence.

Mr Soames did not appear at the hearing.

In the film another child is allegedly seen sitting behind the MP on the bike.

It is claimed none of the children were strapped in or wearing helmets.

Mr Soames, who served as Armed Forces minister from 1994 to 1997, has represented Mid Sussex since 1997 and previously served as MP for Crawley.

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