A man has been charged with burglary and possession of weapons following a break in at a Hebburn house.
Police have charged John Spedding, 20, of Aln Street in the town, after the burglary between noon last Friday and noon the next day in the street where he lives.
Northumbria Police appealed for help after imitation fire arms were taken in the incident.
He faces allegations of burglary and possessing a knife or blade or pointed article.
He appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this morning, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was adjourned until Wednesday, August 26, at Newcastle Crown Court.
Spedding was remanded in custody until that date.
As a result of inquiries, police say one of the imitation firearms has been recovered plus both martial arts swords.
Investigations are continuing to recover the stolen goods still missing following the burglary.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen imitation firearms, used for ‘Airsoft’, a similar game to paintballing, should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 718 08/08/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.