THE trial of two men who deny being involved in an attack on a ‘drug rival' heard the police interview in which one denied knowing the other.

Last week we reported Tommy Lee Jauncey, 23, previously of St George’s Lane, Worcester, Scott Fewtrell, 28, of Chedworth Drive, Warndon, and Jake Cox, 28, of Mill Street, Worcester, have already admitted conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm to Luke Bridger.

The trial now involves two men in the dock - Asgar Khalfe, 35, formerly of Townley Gardens, Aston, Birmingham and Kane Ingram, 21, of Saddlers Walk, Worcester, who have already admitted drug conspiracies, but both deny being involved in the plan to assault Mr Bridger.

Steven Bailey, prosecuting, said though Khalfe and Ingram were not present during the attack on the Bridger family home, they were both involved in the conspiracy and, indeed, Khalfe was directing it as ‘the boss’ and ‘main beneficiary of the violence’.

Yesterday the jury was given a list of the agreed facts between the prosecution and defence, before it moved on to the reading of police interviews.

The first was the interview of Ingram that took place on August 31, 2017, a day after the incident in which Jauncey fired the crossbow at a Vauxhall Astra, and on the same day Fewtrell fired a crossbow at the door frame of Luke Bridger’s home.

In that interview Ingram answered “no comment” to questions on who the others - four men and a woman - were in a car he was stopped in by police. He also denied he was drug dealing but admitted possession for personal use, adding "I don’t sell drugs, why would I do that when I work”.

But in a second police interview, that took place in January 2018, Ingram was asked “do you deal heroin?” to which he replied “yes”, saying no one else was involved.

Ingram was also asked about Fewtrell, who he said he had known for years, and Jauncey who he told police was “my best mate”, smoking cannabis with them.

But in the interview, when asked on his co-defendant Khalfe, Ingram said: “I don’t know him.”

When it was pointed out to him more than 60 calls had made to him, from his phone seized by police, and other names he might know him as, Ingram went on to say: “I have never heard of him.”

The trial continues.