Three men who allegedly racially abused a taxi driver on his way to Basingstoke will stand trial later this week.

Vaneet Singh was driving Dean Brandon Smith, Frankie Gregory and Billy-Sam Simon Shervell from Reading to Basingstoke on September 20, 2020, when they allegedly racially abused and assaulted him.

It allegedly happened on the A33 between 10.20 and 11.45pm.

The three men were due to stand trial on November 8, but the case was adjourned because no interpreter was available for a witness.

Instead, the trial will be held at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday (December 9).

Gregory, of Moat Close, Bramley, pleaded not guilty to one count of racially and religiously aggravated assault.

Smith, of Paices Hill, Aldermaston, has denied four counts of racially and religiously aggravated assault, as well as a racially and religiously aggravated public order offence, theft of a phone charger and threatening to commit criminal damage to his vehicle.

Shervell, of Station Road, Minety, near Swindon, has pleaded not guilty to one county of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage.

All three elected to be tried by magistrates at hearings earlier this year.

They have been released on unconditional bail.