Allcock jury member discharged

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One of the jury trying taxman Michael Allcock on corruption charges was discharged by the judge yesterday for medical reasons.

Jurors were sent home for the weekend on Friday without reaching any verdict so far in the trial, which has lasted four months.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Allcock took a string of bribes - including luxurious holidays abroad and the services of a prostitute - from wealthy businessmen in return for tax favours. Mr Allcock, 47, from Colchester, Essex has denied 11 charges of corruption between 1987 and 1992.