A GRIMETHORPE husband and wife whose actions locked down the village for 48 hours will stand trial next year after being charged with bringing firearms into the country.

Ian Claughton, 58, and his 57-year-old wife Lesley – both of Brierley Road – were charged last month following an evacuation of their street.

Around 200 homes were forced to evacuate the area after a number of suspicious items were found at the property.

This resulted in the army’s explosive ordnance disposal team being deployed.

The pair were charged with bringing a realistic firearm into the UK, two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, possession of a firearm and being concerned with production of class B drugs.

Mr Claughton was also charged with setting a trap with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

Last Friday he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court via a video link from HMP Doncaster, while his wife appeared in person.

The pair will go on trial on March 3.

They will also appear for a hearing at the same court on September 17.