A 21-year-old man has denied aggravated vehicle taking following a crash which damaged other cars, homes and a telegraph pole.

Billy Sheppard of Oak Avenue, Worcester, pleaded not guilty to a single count of aggravated vehicle taking when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

We reported at the time how a red Ford Transit van crashed into a grey Fiat Punto, a blue MG, a blue Renault Megane, a white Mitsubishi Outlander and a black Renault Scenic and other property on December 15, 2017.

The charge, read out in court when Sheppard was arraigned, also referred to the alleged aggravating features - that the car was driven dangerously in Ronkswood Hill and that the Ford Transit was taken without the owner's consent.

The indictment referred to damage other than the transit van, 'namely to a number of other vehicles', numbers 3 and 5 Ronkswood Hill and a telegraph pole, also in Ronkswood Hill.

Charles Crinion appeared for the prosecution and Michael Aspinall for the defence.

The trial was placed in a warned list for March 16. This means that the trial could take place on or within three weeks of that date.

Sheppard was granted bail by Judge Jim Tindal on condition he lives and sleeps at the address given to the court.