Man arrested after spate of terrifying burglaries outside Blakelaw Social Club

Police attended two separate but similar incidents outside the Social Club last month
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A man is due to appear in court after a spate of terrifying robberies in Blakelaw last month.

At about 7 pm on Monday, May 23, it was reported that a man left Blakelaw Social Club and was approached by a male who he did not recognise in the street.

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It was reported the offender then grabbed him by the throat and pinned him to the ground, before stealing his wallet which contained approximately £300 in cash.

An investigation was immediately launched into the incident and at about 11.30 pm on Thursday, May 26, officers were made aware of a similar incident in the same location.

Another male victim left the social club and was approached by an offender who pinned him to the floor asking for money. The man then ordered the victim to walk to a cash point – but was thwarted when a patrolling police car was flagged down.

A 40-year-old man was subsequently arrested and has since been charged with two counts of robbery and a further offence of possessing a bladed article.

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He has been remanded in custody until he is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on June 27.

Blakelaw Social Club (Image: Google Streetview)Blakelaw Social Club (Image: Google Streetview)
Blakelaw Social Club (Image: Google Streetview)

Sergeant Tony Davis, of Northumbria Police, said: “Both of these offences were committed within a matter of days and saw an offender target innocent members of the public as they were walking home.

“Violent offences such as these can understandably cause concern within our communities and that’s why, from the outset, we were determined to ensure anyone responsible was brought to justice.

“A significant investigation has been carried out into these offences, and a suspect is now due to appear before the courts charged with both robberies. I would ask that the public respects the ongoing live proceedings and avoids any speculation that may jeopardise these cases.

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“I hope this offers reassurance to the public, especially to those living in Blakelaw. As a Force, we will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will leave no stone unturned in our quest to provide effective justice against perpetrators.

“I would like to thank everyone who has come forward to assist us with our enquiries so far, in particular both victims. By working together, we can continue to ensure the North East remains as safe as it possibly can be.”