West Ham Christmas hamper fraud trial to start again in three months

West Ham's former home, the Boleyn Ground (pic: Jason Mitchell)

West Ham's former home, the Boleyn Ground (pic: Jason Mitchell) - Credit: Jason Mitchell

The trial of a man who allegedly conned West Ham staff and players out of thousands of pounds by luring them into buying luxury Christmas hampers will start again in three months.

Stephen Ackerman arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court(Pic: Philip Toscano/PA Wire)

Stephen Ackerman arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court(Pic: Philip Toscano/PA Wire) - Credit: PA

Former manager Sam Allardyce and England striker Andy Carroll were among 13 people who allegedly paid out a total of £7,310 to Stephen Ackerman in December 2014, with the promise of goods which were not delivered.

Having pleaded not guilty in March, Ackerman, of Hillcroft, Loughton, denied six further counts of fraud totalling £54,730 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

However the jury were discharged by Judge David Radford, the Recorder of Redbridge, earlier today after the 48-year-old changed his firm of solicitors from Sanders and Co to Gaddow and Qaye.

The Recorder also understands an issue arose with a prosecution witness.

The trial will re-start on October 24 and is expected to last five days.