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'Rooftop' trial jury discharged

Rick Canty
Ricky Canty lived in a tent on the roof of the property for two years

A jury has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the trial of two men accused of evicting a protester camped on top of their house.

George Beatty, 56 and Ernest Wray, 57, from Northern Ireland bought a house in Barry, south Wales at auction unaware Ricky Canty, 59 was living on the roof.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how they plotted to "violently remove" Mr Canty from his rooftop perch.

Both men denied false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm.

They said they had nothing to do with Mr Canty leaving his protest site.

The Crown Prosecution Service has 10 days to consider a retrial.

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