Son charged with attempted murder of dairy farming dad

A farmer’s son has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of his father and false imprisonment of his mother.

Lewis Clapp, 29, was remanded in custody after he appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday (18 September) to faces the charges.

Mr Clapp, of Hestover Farm, Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, Somerset, is accused of stabbing his father Arthur and holding his mother Genesta against her will and causing her actual bodily harm during an incident at the farm on Monday (16 September).

Following the incident, dairy farmer Arthur Clapp, 59, was flown by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where his condition was described as “serious, but stable”.

A judge remanded Lewis Clapp in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on 2 October. A further hearing has been scheduled at the same court on 18 March when he is expected to enter a plea.

The Clapp family has been farming in Somerset since 1538.

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