Man accused of making airgun threats in Hebburn street

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A MAN accused of threatening two people with an air weapon in the street has appeared in court.

Craig Stewart entered no pleas to two charges of possessing an air weapon with intent to cause threat of violence, and a third charge of possessing a prohibited weapon when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The crown would oppose bail in this case

Prosecutor Paul Doney

The 34-year-old is alleged to have pointed an air pistol at the first man, Michael Patterson, while he rode on a bike through Finchale Road, Hebburn, at 9.30pm on Friday.

Just over two hours later, he is alleged to have threatened a second man, Stephen Weighman, with a weapon after asking him for a cigarette in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn.

Stewart was arrested by police in the early hours of Saturday at his home in Westminster Crescent, Hebburn, and kept in custody until his court appearance.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “The crown would oppose bail in this case.

“At 9.30pm, the defendant is said to have seen Mr Patterson, who he has known since school years.

“There has been previous problems over a female.

“The defendant is said to have said ‘I will get you’ and produced what appeared to be a black gun.

“Patterson thought he heard a shot and dived for cover.”

“Then at 11.40pm, Mr Weighman was walking on Campbell Park Road when a man asked him for a cigarette.

“He said he didn’t smoke and the man produced a weapon and said ‘do you want a piece of this’.”

Richard Rodgers, defending, made no application for bail on behalf of Stewart.

Irene Lavender, chairwoman of the magistrates, remanded Stewart in custody ahead of his hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on April 7.