West Ham hamper fraud trial abandoned

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The trial of a man accused of a Christmas hamper con which saw West Ham players lose thousands of pounds has been abandoned.

Stephen Ackerman, 48, of Loughton, Essex, denies 19 fraud charges with the proceeds totalling more than £60,000.

Mr Ackerman is accused of selling hampers to players that never arrived under the alias Mark Kingston.

The jury has been discharged with a new trial set to start on 24 October at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

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