Man denies stealing imitation firearms in Hebburn break-in

Aln Street in Hebburn. Pic: Google Maps.
Aln Street in Hebburn. Pic: Google Maps.

A man has appeared in court charged with burglary and possession of weapons after a break-in at a Hebburn house which led to the theft of imitation firearms.

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 his street.

He faces allegations of burglary and possessing a knife or blade or pointed article.

He appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges, with the case 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 two martial arts swords, with investigations continuing to recover missing items.

Anyone with information on the stolen imitation firearms, used for Airsoft, a similar game to paintballing, should contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.