Man in court charged with brandishing a knife at policeman on Wallsend Street

A man has appeared in court charged with brandishing a knife at a policeman in North Tyneside.

Officers were called by members of the public on Vine Street, Wallsend, earlier this week after claiming there was a man with a blade in the road.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that David Gallagher then allegedly pulled a knife at the officers upon their arrival.

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The 37-year-old, from Deneholm, Wallsend, was arrested and appeared in the dock to plead not guilty to one count of threatening someone with a bladed article.

Prosecutor Lorna Rimell said the offense allegedly took place on Monday, September 27.

She added: “His circumstances in which the accused allegedly had a knife in the street and he asked her to drop it, but instead holds it up and says ‘stay away’.

“The Crown would say that is not suitable for this court and should be tried by the Crown Court.”

Stuart Athey, defending, disagreed.

He said: “It is not an offense that would have been committed in a school or where there are vulnerable people.

“No one seems to be suggesting that there has been any serious harm or distress. I would say it is appropriate to be tried here with the option of jail for sentence upon conviction.”

Magistrates accepted jurisdiction and the case was entered for trial in North Tyneside on March 14, 2022.

In the meantime, Gallagher has been released on parole, where he is to stay inside his home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and must live and sleep at the address he gave in court.

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