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Durham Police has charged a man following a suspected robbery attempt at a petrol station in Peterlee.

Police were called to Southside Service Station, in Yoden Way, at around 6.30am on Sunday February 20 following reports that a man was demanding cash from the night hatch.

The man allegedly threatened to set the building on fire if the assistant did not hand it over.

It is believed the suspect made off from the scene and proceeded to burgle a nearby house.

Officers attended and arrested Jacob Grant Chambers in connection with the two incidents.

He was interviewed by officers and charged with attempted robbery and burglary.

The 22-year-old, of Moutter Close, Horden, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on February 21.

He did not enter any pleas and was remanded into custody until his next hearing at Durham Crown Court on March 2.