Man in court after violent burglary at Sunderland pub

Burglary on Tuesday morning at The Gleneagles pub, Grindon, Sunderland.
Burglary on Tuesday morning at The Gleneagles pub, Grindon, Sunderland.
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A MAN has appeared in court after a burglary at a Sunderland pub in which a man was left with a head injury.

The Echo reported yesterday that two men had broken into The Gleneagles pub, pictured, in Gleneagles Road, in Grindon, on Tuesday morning.

At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Darren Trueman, 41, of Partick Road, Pennywell, appeared charged with burglary, possession of an offensive weapon and causing grievous bodily harm.

No pleas were entered by Trueman, with district judge Helen Cousins remanding him in custody after the short hearing. Trueman is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, February 11.

A back window was smashed and a projector screen was also damaged in the raid.

A man who lives in the flat suffered a head injury when he was hit with an iron bar, and had to be taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.

Gleneagles landlord John Fairweather, who has run the pub for 16 years, said he was alerted by one of his tennants and rushed to the scene, where he grappled with one of the burglars, who then made off from the scene.

Police say anyone with any information regarding the burglary, which happened shortly before 6am on Tuesday, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 0123 27/10/14, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.