Knifeman accused of chasing women

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A MAN accused of chasing a group of women with a five-inch kitchen knife will have his case heard at crown court.

Raymond Robson is accused of following the friends out of the communal staircase of a block of flats in Grindleford Court, Harton Moor, South Shields, where he and one of his alleged victims live.

As the women were trying to get one of their cars out of the snow on Saturday afternoon, they say they saw him coming towards them with the knife and ran away.

The women called police, who arrested 33-year-old Robson.

He pleaded not guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to charges of affray and possessing a bladed article.

Vic Laffey, defending, told the court that Robson denies having anything to do with the incident.

Magistrates’ declined jurisdiction of the case due to the serious nature of the allegations and asked for it to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Robson was denied bail and remanded in custody.

He will appear before magistrates again by videolink on February 6 when he can apply for bail.

The case is due to be formally transferred to crown court on March 11, when a trial date will be set for later in the year.