Pair deny `Mardi Gra' bombings

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TWO ELDERLY brothers accused of carrying out the "Mardi Gra" bombing campaign against Barclays Bank and Sainsbury's supermarkets yesterday denied all charges.

Edgar Pearce, 61, and his brother Ronald, 67, pleaded not guilty to a total of 20 counts at the Old Bailey, related to the three-and-a-half year blackmail and bombing campaign.

The alleged offences took place from 1 December 1994 to 28 April 1998. The men, both from Chiswick, west London, were remanded in custody and are due to stand trial on 7 April.