Bay City Rollers star 'to deny drug charges'

Last updated at 11:42 30 August 2005

A 1970s pop star is to deny an allegation that he conspired to supply cocaine, a court heard today.

Les McKeown, former lead singer of The Bay City Rollers, spoke only to confirm his personal details during a preliminary hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court in Chelmsford, Essex.

But prosecutor Lucy Luttman told the court: "There has been an indication of not guilty in this case."

McKeown, 49, of Goulton Road, Hackney, east London, is charged with conspiring with four other people to supply 495 grams (1lb 1.5oz) of the Class A drug.

Judge Michael Kay adjouned the hearing until October 10 and remanded McKeown on bail.

The Bay City Rollers formed in Edinburgh in 1971 and recorded hits including Bye Bye Baby and Give A Little Love. The group broke up in 1978.

McKeown now heads a band called Les McKeown's Legendary Bay City Rollers.

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