Tyne & Wear

Annfield Plain suspect package accused in court

Police van in Annfield Plain
Image caption Roads around the scene were cordoned off on Tuesday afternoon

A County Durham man has appeared in court in connection with an incident involving a suspect package.

Army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion following the discovery in the Coral bookmakers in Annfield Plain on Tuesday.

Daniel Staples, of Hare Law Gardens in Stanley, is accused of blackmail and bomb hoax charges.

The 20-year-old was remanded by Consett magistrates to appear at Durham Crown Court on 13 July.

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