A man has appeared in court accused of sparking a bomb scare in Newcastle city centre after a fake device was allegedly found in a supermarket.
James McDonnell, 53, of Appleby Gardens, Gateshead, appeared at Bedlington Magistrates' Court on February 11 charged with the offence.
He is also accused of stealing £160 worth of whisky.
Mr McDonnell pleaded not guilty to the bomb hoax matter and did not enter a plea to the theft charge.
He will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on March 12.
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