South Shields men accused of conspiracy to murder set to face Crown Court trial

Two men accused of conspiracy to murder have denied the allegation and now face trial next year.

Aaron Giles and Kevin Chapman were charged after a shotgun was allegedly discharged at an address in South Shields. It was shortly after 9pm on September 21 that police received a report of a disturbance on Brownlow Road in the town. Officers attended the area, where it is claimed someone had discharged a firearm at an address before making off. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Aaron Giles, 28, of Richardson Avenue, and Kevin Chapman, 40, of Hawthorne Avenue, both in South Shields, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court this morning accused of conspiracy to murder Ryan Carr. Both men entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

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Giles also pleaded not guilty to an offence of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, in relation to a shotgun. Both men now face trial, which is due to start on February 28 and will be back before the court for a further hearing on December 19. They were remanded in custody in the meantime.

Police in Brownlow Road.

Jak Hughes, 22, of Tees Court, South Shields, had been charged with conspiracy to murder and possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life but the court heard the case against him has been discontinued.