Pair accused of arson at West Meadows travellers’ site to have bail applications heard on Thursday

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Gregg Brown

Two men accused of being involved in a violent incident at an Ipswich travellers’ site three days after an alleged double murder have had their applications for bail adjourned until Thursday.

Henry Harbour, 20, and Levi Harbour, 19, both of Meadow Lane, Runwell, near Chelmsford are facing charges of arson with intent to endanger life and criminal damage which were allegedly committed at West Meadows travellers’ site on December 11.

The charges relate to two caravans being set alight, a horse being beaten to death and damage being caused to motor vehicles, caravans, buildings and street furniture.

The men appeared at South East Magistrates’ court last week with Ernest Oakley, 22, of Woodlands Way, West Meadows – who is understood to be the brother of alleged murder victim Nathan Oakley, 18 – William Harbour, 31, of Woodlands Way, West Meadows, Swaley Smith, 23, of Barnsley, and a 14-year-old boy from Essex, who cannot be identified due to his age.

All the defendants are due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on January 11.

A bail application for Smith, which was made on Monday, was refused.

Nathan Oakley and 32-year-old Barry Street, who both lived at West Meadows, died in a double-stabbing on December 8.

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A teenage boy from Ipswich, who cannot be named due to legal restrictions, has been charged with murder and had been remanded in youth custody until his next appearance at Ipswich Crown Court on January 9.