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Man charged following a spate of robberies in Newcastle

29 Mar 2018 12:00 PM

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A man has appeared in court after being charged following a spate of robberies in Newcastle.

Andrew Robinson, 38, from Newlands in Gosforth, Newcastle has been charged with three counts of robbery, two counts of possessing an offensive weapon and one count of possessing an imitation firearm.

One incident occurred at around 2.30pm, on March 15, at Nisa Local, St James Street in Gosforth, where an offender used a hammer to threaten staff into handing over money.

The other two took place on March 23, the first at around 6.15am at the Shell Garage in Gosforth where an offender used an imitation firearm to steal a quantity of cash. The second robbery that day was at around 5.30pm, at Omers Convenience Store, Addycombe Terrace in Heaton, where an offender used a hammer to threaten staff into handing over money.

Robinson appeared at Bedlington Magistrates' Court on March 26, where no pleas to the charges were entered, and will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on April 23.