Soldier’s case brought forward

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The trial of two young men accused of dangerous driving has been brought forward, because one of them is going to Afghanistan with his regiment.

James Laidlaw, 20, of Hartside Crescent, Hadston, is due to fly out next month, Bedlington magistrates heard on Monday.

He and Christopher Airey, 22, of Henley Square, Lynemouth, deny dangerous driving.

The trial is on May 7.