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Two drivers in court after Botchergate crash which left pedestrians hurt

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Two drivers accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after two pedestrians were badly hurt in Carlisle city centre have appeared in court.

Owen Luke Brown, 19, and 56-year-old Stephen Reay each face two charges. These allege that they caused serious injury to two men by dangerous driving, Brown in a black Ford Fiesta and Reay in a white Skoda Octavia taxi.

The charges arise out of an incident outside the Border Rambler pub on Botchergate which Cumbria police said occurred at around 7pm on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

A force spokesman said at the time that a number of pedestrians had suffered "varying degrees of injury" as a result of a road traffic collision.

Two Whitehaven men - one aged in his 20s and another in his 50s - were said to have suffered serious injuries.

Four other people, including a Carlisle pensioner, were said to have suffered minor injuries.

Brown and Reay both appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates' Court in Carlisle on Tuesday morning. During a short hearing, no pleas were entered by either man to the two charges they each face.

The case was committed to the city's crown court, where the defendants are both due to appear on June 17.

In the meantime Brown, of Dalston Road, Carlisle, and Reay, of Cocklakes, near Carlisle, were granted unconditional bail by magistrates.

In the aftermath of the incident, police said at the time that Botchergate - which is closed to traffic from 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays - was shut earlier than normal to allow emergency services to attend the scene and recover the vehicles.