FIVE market traders, dubbed the Metric Martyrs, face an anxious wait for the outcome of their High Court battle which arose because they refuse to trade in kilogrammes, preferring pounds and ounces.

Two judges, sitting at the High Court in London, yesterday reserved judgement in the case which includes Steven Thorburn, a market stall holder from Sunderland, who was convicted by magistrates in April.

Their lawyers are asking Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Crane to rule that the 1985 Weights and Measures Act provided a loophole which meant that European Union directives requiring goods to be sold in metric units did not apply in England and Wales