‘Not guilty’ pleas after university campus raid

A 25-year-old local man arrested on the University of Lincoln campus last month has pleaded not guilty to two charges at a court hearing in Nottingham.

As previously reported, Alex Cawood-Charlton was arrested after a convoy of police vehicles pulled up along Brayford Wharf East opposite the university library at around 11.30am on Wednesday, May 23.

Mr Cawood-Charlton was then charged by Nottingham Police with wounding and possession of a firearm in relation to an armed burglary in Worksop.

He was the third person to be charged as part of investigations into the burglary, during which a victim was struck over the head with a pickaxe.

A spokesperson for Nottingham Crown Court confirmed on Monday, June 18, that the case had been adjourned to trial on November 19 2018.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges – possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence and GBH with intent.

He will appear back at Nottingham Crown Court for a mention on August 31.

Armed officers surrounded the man they arrested.

University incident

Students were kept in the library while multiple armed police with dogs surrounded Mr Cawood-Charlton and forced him to drop to his knees.

Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, Simon Parkes, praised the calm and sensible way colleagues and students reacted to the incident.

Mr Cawood-Charlton was arrested while police continued to carry out a raid at his address in Ruston Way in Lincoln.

The police vehicle involved in the second raid. Photo: Lewis Foster

Worksop burglary

It was reported that men whose faces were covered forced their way into a house in Norfolk Street, Worksop at about 9.4pm on Monday, May 14.

One of them hit the victim in the head with a pickaxe and it’s alleged another was armed with a shotgun.

The victim was taken to hospital with head injuries.

A man and a woman were previously remanded in court after appearing at a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Monday, May 21 in connection with the incident.

Aaron Meehan, 37, of Wiltshire Road in London, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

Porcher Toynbee, 21, of Lincoln, has been charged with wounding and possession of a firearm with intent to commit grievous bodily harm

At the hearing on Monday, no pleas were given for these two people.

The case for both has been adjourned to trial on November 19, with a mention on August 31.