Man, 20, appears in court over samurai raid on shop

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with raiding a South Tyneside shop while armed with a samurai sword.

Lee Amess, 20, entered no pleas to charges of robbery and possession to an offensive weapon during a short hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that a man, armed with a 3ft-long samurai sword went into the Nisa shop in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, at about 9.42am on Saturday.

The raider demanded cash, but left the store empty-handed and staff called police. The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for an initial hearing on August 11.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, asked magistrates to remand Amess in custody until his date at the crown court.

Christopher Brown, defending, asked that Amess be granted conditional bail until his next court appearance.

After retiring to consider their verdict, magistrates decided to remand Amess, of no fixed abode, in custody ahead of his appearance at Newcastle Crown Court.