Fisherman accused of threatening teen with gun and knife

COURT APPEARANCE ... Jeffery Moore.
COURT APPEARANCE ... Jeffery Moore.

A MAN accused of holding a knife to a teenager’s neck and pointing an air gun at him at a seaside beauty spot, has appeared in court.

Jeffrey Moore is charged with possession of an air weapon, possession of an offensive weapon – namely a knife – and an assault on the 15-year-old boy at South Shields Pier on Monday evening.

He entered no pleas to the matters and the case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for an initial hearing on August 20.

The 51-year-old was granted bail until his crown court date, with the condition he resides at his home address in Agricola Court, South Shields, does not contact prosecution witnesses and does not enter South Shields Pier.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said the 15-year-old boy and two pals had been fishing at the pier and asked a man – alleged to be Moore – for help cutting their fishing lines and tying knots.

Moore is alleged to have initially used the knife to cut the line before threatening the boy with it.

Christopher Brown, defending, said Moore denied that he made any threats when he met the children.

He asked magistrates to grant Moore bail until the case is dealt with at the crown court.

Magistrates granted Moore bail until his next hearing on August 20.