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Jury sworn in for an alleged £1m mortgage fraud trial at Mold Crown Court

A JURY has been sworn in for an alleged £1m mortgage fraud trial, expected to last up to four months.

More than 40 potential jurors initially filled the public gallery at Mold Crown Court for the trial, which involves allegations of conspiracy against six defendants, a lawyer, property valuers and financial or mortgage advisers.

But many potential jurors were excused because the length of the trial meant it would cause real difficulties in their personal or professional lives.

The final 12 were selected by ballot out of a panel of 15. But the three who were not selected were asked to remain as reserve jurors during the opening of the case.

Judge Rhys Rowlands then adjourned and said the prosecution would open its case next Wednesday.

Defendants Antony Lowry-Huws, 63, of Parc Tudur, Kinmel Bay; Sheila Rose Whalley, 66, of Tai Duon Bach, Llanfairtalhaearn, Abergele; valuer Frank Edward Darlington, 60, of Vicarage Road, Kelnbrook, Barnoldswick, Lancashire; valuer George Walker, 58, of Coed Pella Road, Colwyn Bay; Susan Margaret Lowry-Huws, 59, of Parc Tudur, Kinmel Bay; and solicitor Nicholas John Jones, 53, of Bryntirion, Leeswood, all deny conspiring to defraud and conspiring to falsify documents.

It is alleged that between May 2003 and June 2008 they conspired to induce false finance or mortgage payments.