Man denies criminal damage after street disturbance

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A MAN accused of throwing a brick through the window of a house during a disturbance on a South Tyneside street has appeared in court.

Lee Hepplewhite denied the offence – which is alleged to have taken place on Friday evening – when he appeared in the dock at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that the 27-year-old had allegedly suffered a cut to the head after being struck during a row in Wallington Grove, South Shields.

Hepplewhite, of Wallington Grove, was granted bail on the condition that an alternative address for him could be found.

A suitable address was found, and Hepplewhite was bailed to reside at the home on Lanark Drive, Jarrow, until his trial date.

Hepplewhite was treated at hospital for his injuries, and appeared in court with a bandage wrapped around his head.

He will be back at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for his trial on the criminal damage charge on August 21.

Two men and a woman were also arrested in connection with the incident.

Ryan Allison, 21, of Percy Scott Street, South Shields, is due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on July 10, charged with criminal damage and common assault.

A 39-year-old man has been bailed by police in connection with the incident while further inquiries are being carried out, and a 33-year-old woman was released without charge.