Trial of Crook held up by Thomas Cook

Ryan Crook was unable to attend the trial, his solicitor said.
Ryan Crook was unable to attend the trial, his solicitor said.
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A man failed to attend court because of the Thomas Cook collapse, his lawyer claimed.

Ryan Crook’s solicitor David Charnley told a judge that the 26-year-old was missing because he was still stranded in Egypt.

He told District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ court: "He is stuck in Egypt courtesy of the Thomas Cook fiasco.”

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“He should have flown back on Monday night.”

Crook, of Livingstone Road, Blackpool, faces four charges of assault, affray, criminal damage - and possession of an offensive weapon - a metal pole.

The judge agreed to adjourn his hearing for a week.