A JURY has begun considering whether two men were involved in a conspiracy to carry out a shooting in Bolton and frame a man for it.

During a two week trial at Bolton Crown Court the jury was told how Warrington crime boss, Leon Cullen, who is currently in custody in Dubai, had a grudge against his former partner's ex-boyfriend Craig Millington.

And after shots were fired at the windows and door of a house in Hilden Street, Bolton, on September 9, 2019, his associates planted the Luger pistol and cocaine in Millington's car and tipped off police.

Several men have already pleaded guilty to taking part in the crimes but Andrew Potter, aged 36, of Thelwall Road, Grappenhall, Warrington, and Stuart Shaw, aged 35, of McKee Avenue, Warrington, deny possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and perverting the course of public justice. Each denies knowing about the shooting or the gun being planted.

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After an hour of deliberation the Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh sent the jury home for the evening and they will resume today.