PROFESSIONAL boxer Lee Purdy was fighting for the British title at the time he was allegedly involved in money laundering.

The welterweight told a jury today he would have been paid around £25,000 for each fight on at least three occasions when the prosecution claimed he was dishonestly laundering cheques on behalf of his father, Van Purdy, and his dad's friend Jim Brown in 2011.

The 27-year-old is alleged to have passed cheques handed over to a gang of rogue builders through his bank account.

Chelmsford Crown Court has heard how thousands of pounds was paid out by elderly people for work to their homes.

The money had been paid to a gang that provided shoddy work and work that was not needed to the homes of the elderly in the Colchester and Clacton areas, a jury were told.

Purdy, 27, from Greenstead Road, Colchester, is alleged to have cashed more than £15,000 worth of cheques through his bank account on behalf of his father and Jim Brown.

He denies the charges.

The trial continues.

See the full story in Monday's Gazette.