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Teesside airline boss in court charged with fraud

Durham Tees Valley Airport
Excelsis Airways promised flights from Durham Tees Valley

A man who said he was setting up an airline to operate flights between London and Durham Tees Valley Airport has appeared in court on fraud charges.

Victor Bassey, 49, from Middlesbrough, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court charged with seven offences relating to fraud and fraudulent trading.

He owned Excelsis Airways, which promised luxury flights to London which were never launched.

Mr Bassey, who has yet to enter a plea, will appear at crown court in July.

The Nigerian national, who has the right to permanent residence in the UK, was granted bail on condition he surrender his passport.

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