A 23-year-old allegedly told a car dealership he was a footballer on loan to Everton so he could steal a car he took on a test drive.

Todd Jordan Baston reportedly told employees at Williams BMW on Great Howard Street, Vauxhall, he was a Premier League footballer and had been loaned to the Blues, so he could take a Mini Cooper Sport on a 48 hour test drive.

While on the test drive it's alleged he stole the car - worth £24,000 - and told the company he had parked the vehicle in a car park, but when they arrived it was not there.

Baston appeared at Sefton Magistrates' Court this morning where he denied two charges put to him.

Angela Conlan, prosecuting, outlined that the crown alleges Baston stole an identity, using the other person's name, date of birth and driving licence number.

Patrick O'Hanlon represented Baston, and agreed the matter would be sent to the crown court.

Baston is charged with theft of the motor vehicle on November 8, 2019 and fraud on October 25 of the same year.

District Judge Andrew Shaw told Baston he would next appear at Liverpool Crown Court on March 31.

Baston, of Horse Fair, Birmingham, was released on conditional bail until that date.

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