Three people from Chester and a man from Ellesmere Port charged with kidnap and blackmail following an incident in Powys will be formally asked to enter their pleas next month.

It is alleged that a man was taken from his vehicle and driven off in the Four Crosses/ Llanymynech area on September 2, 2015.

On Friday, January 15, a plea hearing at Mold Crown Court was adjourned by Judge Niclas Parry.

A plea hearing will be held next month and a provisional trial date was fixed in March.

Defendants David Staff, 34, of Leaside Road, Blacon , Andrew Ballatyne, 36, of Rough Hill, Marlston cum Lache and Nathan Parry, 37 of Jack’s Wood, Ellesmere Port, were further remanded in custody.

Natalie Goode, 33, of Clivedon Road in Chester, was rebailed.