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Jury retires in antique collector forgery trial
A JURY in the trial of a Hampshire antique collector charged with fraud has retired to consider its verdict.
Allan Formhals is charged with a total of 15 counts of fraud for selling books with allegedly forged signatures of famous people including Sir Winston Churchill and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The 66-year-old from Keyhaven Road, Milford-on-Sea, denies all the charges.
The jury retired this lunchtime after Judge Peter Henry concluded his summing up of the case at Southampton Crown Court.