Tyne & Wear

Newcastle judge denies dog charge in Carlisle court

A judge has denied failing to keep her German Shepherd dog under control near her home in Northumberland.

Judge Beatrice Bolton, 57, sits at Newcastle Crown Court and lives in Rothbury.

She denies the charge of allowing her pet to give someone "grounds for reasonable apprehension" following an alleged incident on 31 May.

She did not appear at the hearing at Carlisle Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The case was adjourned until 13 December.

Judge Bolton's solicitor entered a not guilty plea in her absence.

The case against her was moved from Alnwick magistrates in Northumberland to Carlisle Magistrates' Court in Cumbria due to her high-profile status as a judge in the north east of England.

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