Mardi Gra charges

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Mardi Gra charges

TWO brothers accused in connection with the string of Mardi Gra bombings appeared in court yesterday. Ronald Russell Pearce and Edgar Eugene Pearce are each charged with conspiring to possess home-made firearms with intent to endanger life, conspiring to blackmail Barclays Bank and also conspiring to blackmail Sainsbury.

Ronald Pearce, 66, retired, from Chiswick, west London, was remanded in custody until 7 May when he appeared before Horseferry Road magistrates' court in central London. His 60-year-old unemployed brother, also from Chiswick, was remanded in police custody for further questioning for 48 hours. He is to reappear at Bow Street magistrates' court tomorrow. Yesterday's court appearance follows a police investigation into 36 attacks since December 1994, mainly against branches of Barclays and Sainsbury in South-east England.