Eight-man cocaine trial to take place later this year after judge halts proceedings at crown court

The men appeared at Teesside  Crown Court
The men appeared at Teesside Crown Court

A trial of eight men accused of dealing cocaine has been stopped.

Judge Peter Armstrong discharged the jury in the trial at Teesside Crown Court for legal reasons.

The judge ordered a new trial to be listed for November 4.

The following each deny conspiracy to supply class A drugs between August, 2015 and July 2016:

Darren Gates, 48, of Chaucer Avenue, South Shields

Gary Mitchell, 41, of Pinedale, South Hetton

Steven Horner, 23, of Frederick Terrace, South Hetton

Christopher Hickson, 34, of Gloucester Terrace, Haswell

Dean Pringle, 34, of Little Eden, Peterlee

Graham Wilding, 32, of Warren Road, Hartlepool

Alan Baines, 32, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

A Sunderland man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies the same charge.