Trial stopped as judge taken ill

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The trial of a 74-year-old man accused of evading tens of thosands of pounds in excise duty on imported alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco has been stopped.

The hearing of William Walker, of Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, was halted on Monday at Ipswich Crown Court after the trial judge Peter Fenn was taken ill.

The jury was discharged and a fresh date for the trial to be reheard will be fixed shortly.

Walker denies two offences of dealing with goods with fraudulent intent between October 2010 and October 2011 and one charge of converting criminal property. He is alleged to have evaded £78, 378 in UK excise duty.