Armed Washington man threatened to blow up his house during two hour police stand-off

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A man sparked an armed stand-off with police when he threatened to blow up his house.

David Robinson, who had two knives, a meat cleaver, a Stanley blade, and an air rifle, said he would use petrol to spark the explosion on June 6.

The defendant had held a Stanley knife towards his throat, made various self harm gestures with the meat cleaver and said he would set the address on fire

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 44-year-old, who was threatening to harm himself with the collection of weapons, was arrested after a two-hour confrontation at his home involving armed response units, dog handlers and support officers.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: “The defendant had held a Stanley knife towards his throat, made various self harm gestures with the meat cleaver and said he would set the address on fire.

“He threatened he would get petrol and blow up the address.”

The court heard Robinson was “waving” the gun around during the stand-off at his home at Bamburgh Close, Washington.

Mr Wardlaw added: “The threats were taken seriously, such was the agitation on the part of the defendant.”

Robinson pleaded guilty to affray.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Robinson made no direct threat to others during the incident, only to himself.

The court heard Robinson has had a drink problem since he was a teenager and his time in custody since his arrest has been “a short but effective detox period.”

Mr Recorder Mark McKone adjourned the case so Robinson can be assessed for an alcohol treatment programme. He will be sentenced next month.

The judge warned him: “This is no guarantee as to what the sentence will be.”