A man has been charged with attempted robbery following an incident at a petrol station in County Durham in the early hours of Saturday morning (April 2).

The attack happened at the Esso-branded New Seaham Service Station where a staff member was threatened with a knife.

Leon Savage was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and threatening a person with a bladed article yesterday and appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court today (April 4).

The 27-year-old, of Tunbridge Road, Sunderland, pleaded not guilty and was remanded into custody until his next hearing at Durham Crown Court on May 4.