A LANDOWNER has appeared at court to deny a public order offence. 

Frances Payne, the owner of Hampton Mill in Evesham, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, (May 25). 

The 57-year-old confirmed she understood the charge before pleading not guilty to using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. 

Worcester News: COURT: Frances Payne leaving Worcester Magistrates CourtCOURT: Frances Payne leaving Worcester Magistrates Court (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

The Section 5 public order offence is alleged by the prosecution to have taken place in Evesham on January 13 this year. 

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Chairman of the magistrates bench, Charles Townsend, told Payne her case would be adjourned for a pre-trial review. 

Payne was told to attend that hearing at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on July 31. 

Payne was given unconditional bail by magistrates.

Aleigha Adams prosecuted while Mr Gilmore defended Payne at the hearing.