Dad in tears at son’s petrol bomb charge

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THE dad of a teenager accused of being involved in a petrol bomb attack on a police station wept as his son appeared in court.

With his head bowed, the distraught dad of the 17-year-old accused of taking part in the incident at Washington Police Station, wept uncontrollably when his son appeared in the dock at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared only to confirm his name, age and address at yesterday’s brief hearing.

The teenager was arrested by officers and charged in the early hours of Sunday morning in relation to Wednesday’s attack.

He broke down as magistrates remanded him in custody yesterday.

The teenager, who is accused of violent disorder, is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on Friday and will appear alongside Jamie Joseph Henry Nolan, 18, of The Poplars, Biddick, who is also charged with violent disorder.

Fourteen people – 12 men and two women – have been arrested in connection with the attack that saw a police car torched and windows put out at the station.