A JUDGE has adjourned the case against Lord Cardigan after hearing he has parted company with his solicitors.

The 59-year-old, who appeared under the name David Brudenell-Bruce, has been granted legal aid.

He was due to enter pleas at Swindon Crown Court on charges of theft and criminal damage.

But after learning his lawyers have withdrawn from the case, Judge Euan Ambrose gave him time to find a new solicitor.

And he put the matter back further after Brudenell-Bruce said he had to go to America where his wife is due in court seeking custody of her son.

He is accused of damaging pheasant feeders and drinkers worth £66 between June 4 and June 29.

He is also accused of the theft of a battery and electrical power unit worth £80 on June 23. Both incidents are said to have taken place on the Savernake Forest estate.

No charges were formally put to Brudenell-Bruce, who gave his address as Savernake Lodge, near Marlborough, and he did not enter any pleas.

Marie-Claire Amuah, who had represented him when the case was before magistrates, told the judge her instructing solicitors JD Spicer and Co of London had decided to cease representing him that morning.

Judge Ambrose adjourned the case to November 2. Brudenell-Bruce was released on bail on condition he does not have contact with five named people or go within 50 metres of their homes.