A FORMER church minister from Chester who allegedly entered into a bigamous marriage looked for financially secure, vulnerable women, a court has heard.
On Wednesday, Warwick Crown Court was told Roderick Sangster, 58, is alleged to have married Janet Pollard in July 2004 while still married to a woman called Jill Jackson before leaving them both thousands of pounds in debt.
Sangster, whose last known address was the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Trinity Street, Chester, did not attend the trial.
In June 2007, police officers came to Chester to arrest the defendant, questioning him about his divorce from Miss Jackson. He is also accused of forging Ms Pollard’s signature to obtain a £10,000 loan from Northern Rock.
End of year wish
A SPECTACULAR closing celebration for Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 2008 will take place in Chester next month.
Based on the Thai, Loy Krathong or floating candle ceremony, the event will take place on and around the River Dee in Chester. Thousands of ‘wishes’, made by local communities and artists, will be launched into the river as part of the celebrations in December.
Something Wishful is produced by Chester Performs, who are working with Emergency Exit Arts from London and with the Cheshire Year of Gardens team on the event which takes place on Friday, December 12.
Teachers and community group leaders across Cheshire have been busy working with the team of Something Wishful artists to devise creative workshops for schools and groups.
Visit www.chesterperforms.com or call 01244 409113.
Council cleans up
CHESTER City Council is joining forces with other agencies to tackle environmental issues in the city centre.
Community safety wardens will team up with police community support officers, fire officers and environmental health regulators and will be making their presence felt in Chester.
Environment Portfolio holder Councillor Jill Houlbrook said: “The teams will be looking at issues like trade waste, general littering and the dropping of cigarette ends. We are determined to get the message that is does not pay to be untidy in Chester, firmly fixed in people’s minds.”