Charity truck pull organiser pleads not guilty to allegedly holding money back from Lee Rigby’s family

Gary Gardner who organised the truck pull at Medbourne in 2013.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Gary Gardner who organised the truck pull at Medbourne in 2013. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

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Charity truck pull organiser Gary Gardner has pleaded not guilty to three charges of fraud at Leicester Crown Court.

The charges all relate to truck pull events he organised in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the first two on Medbourne and the third in Market Harborough.

Gardner (54) from Medbourne pleaded not guilty to a charge of abusing his position of trust by failing to account for money donated to charity during the events.

He also pleaded not guilty to using the money to pay for the production of a music single.

And he pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to donate any money to Jack Rigby, the son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Judge Michael Chambers ordered a trial into the three charges to begin on October 2.