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Men accused of robbing Carlisle jewellery shop owner appear at crown court

Police at the scene of the robbery

TWO men accused of robbing the owner of a central Carlisle jewellery store have appeared at the city’s crown court.

Daniel Burtak, 32, and 35-year-old Ashley John Entwistle were charged by police following a daytime incident at St Nicholas Galleries, Bank Street.

This occurred at around 2-20pm on June 6, after which an area of the street was cordoned off as police began a probe.

Burtak and Entwistle stand accused of robbing the shop manager of jewellery.

During a short crown court hearing today (FRI), a plea of not guilty was entered by Judge James Adkin on behalf of Entwistle. No plea was entered by – or on behalf of – Burtak.

Both defendants appeared over a video link.

They listened as a timetable for the progression of the case was outlined by prosecutor Gerard Rogerson.

A provisional date for a trial – which, it is estimated, will last three to four days – was set for September 30.

Burtak, of Kaber, near Kirkby Stephen, is due to appear at the crown court next Thursday when it is expected he will enter his plea to the robbery charge.

In the meantime both he and Entwistle, of Athlone Avenue, Bolton, Greater Manchester, were remanded in custody by Judge Adkin.