Four in court charged over alleged violent street clash in Sunderland

Three men and a woman have appeared in court accused of being involved in an alleged violent weekend street clash in Sunderland.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Friday, 10th April 2020, 3:06 pm
The alleged incident is said to have happened in Ridley Street.

David Clark, 35, his partner Leigh Coulson, 31, both of Gordon Terrace, Southwick, Sunderland, Shaun McGregor, 31, of Beechwood Crescent, Marley Pots, Sunderland, and a fourth defendant, Luke Owen, 33, of Beatty Avenue, Town End Farm, Sunderland, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this week to face charges in connection with the alleged incident on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Clark is charged with violent disorder, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon, arson with intent to endanger life, arson, an assault of actual bodily harm and attempted actual bodily harm.

Coulson faces charges of violent disorder, arson with intent to endanger life, an assault of actual bodily harm against Owen, arson, threats to kill and threatening to commit criminal damage against him.

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McGregor is charged with a single count of violent disorder.

Owen is charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Clark and McGregor were remanded in custody by District Judge Kathryn Meek at the hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 8.

Coulson was granted bail subject to the conditions that she resides at Ashdale Court, Roker, Sunderland, does not contact any of her co-accused or the alleged victim and abides by an electronically monitored 7pm to 7am curfew.

She must also not enter an area of Sunderland bounded by the A1018, Queens Road, Wessington Way, the A19 and the A184.

Owen was granted bail on condition he resides at home in Beatty Avenue, abides by an electronically monitored 7pm to 7am curfew and does not contact any of his co-accused or the alleged victim.

He must also keep out of an area of Sunderland bounded by Hylton Castle Road, Wessington Way, Queens Road, Kier Hardie Way, the A1018 and the A184.

No pleas were entered at the hearing and all defendants will appear at Newcastle Crown Court for their next hearing on Tuesday, May 5.

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