Pair accused of sending Karl Oyston abusive text messages appear in court

Stephen Reed and David Ragozzino arriving at court
Stephen Reed and David Ragozzino arriving at court

Two Blackpool men charged with mounting a campaign of harassment against Karl Oyston have made their first appearance in court.

Unemployed David Richard Ragozzino, 33, of Oakwood Close, and 58-year-old pinball machine salesman Stephen Reed, of Common Edge Road, are accused of sending the Blackpool chairman offensive text messages between April and July this year.

Reed is also accused of preparing to send an offensive email to Mr Oyston's wife Victoria.

An allegation the pair staged an offensive protest at the club was withdrawn by Crown prosecutor Alison Quanbrough.

During the duo's appearance at Blackpool Magistrates' Court this morning, Reed's lawyer Trevor Colebourne said his client would deny the offences.

Ragozzino's lawyer Steven Townley did not enter a plea on behalf of his client.

District judge Jeff Brailsford agreed to adjourn the hearing until Monday, December 14 after being told prosecution paperwork had arrived at a late stage.

Both men were bailed on the condition they do not contact Mr Oyston, Mrs Oyston, or their son Samuel.

They must not enter any branch of the Oystons Estate Agency.

Mr Oyston did not attend court.