Three on oil scam charge

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THREE men have been charged in connection with a plot to steal cooking oil from restaurants.

Plamen Borisov, Ivan Minchev and Aleksandar Stoychev, all originally from Bulgaria, are accused of taking the oil from the Toby Carvery restaurant in Copnor Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, and The Harvester in Eastern Road.

Borisov, 21, and Minchev, 20 both of Lordship Lane, Haringey, London, and Stoychev, 25, of Hewitt Avenue, Woodgreen, London, were arrested following the alleged thefts earlier this month.

None of them entered pleas when they appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The hearing could not go ahead as the men needed an interpreter.

All three were released on bail to return to court later this month.