Sunderland man appears in court after rooftop stand-off
A 41-year-old man from Sunderland has appeared before magistrates today following a rooftop stand-off with police in Easington Lane.
Leslie William Podd, of Ormonde Street, Sunderland, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning charged with burglary, affray, assaulting a police constable, possession of an offensive weapon and four counts of criminal damage.
Podd pleaded not guilty of affray and possession of an offensive weapon and did not enter a plea for the other offences.
He also appeared before Newcastle Crown Court this afternoon for offences of dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.
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Podd, who has been remanded in custody, will next appear before court on January 9.
A Northumbria police spokesperson said: "Police have charged a man with burglary following an incident in Easington Lane, Houghton on Wednesday."