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 Pair in court in connection with alleged attempted robbery


​TWO people have appeared at court in connection with an alleged attempted robbery in Darlington.

During the incident, which is said to have happened at the Premier store on Hollyhurst Road, a masked man is believed to have demanded money from the shopkeeper while threatening them with a weapon.

The alleged suspect then ran off emptyhanded before being arrested shortly after and later charged.

A woman who allegedly accompanied the suspect and waited outside during the incident was also arrested and charged.

Detective Constable Stew Walker, from Darlington CID, said: “This was a serious incident which has understandably caused the shopkeeper distress.

“Through the prompt actions of staff from all commands, including our control room, response and neighbourhood officers, CID, crime scene investigators and our roads policing unit, officers quickly identified the alleged suspects within an hour of attending the scene.

“A weapon – a gas powered pistol – has been recovered and will be disposed of in due course.”

Paul Richardson, 39, of Salisbury Terrace, was charged with attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm, while Jennianne Muise, 27, also of Salisbury Terrace, was charged with attempted robbery and possession of a Class B drug.

They both appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court today (May 31) where Mr Richardson was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on June 28. Ms Muise was released on bail to appear at court on the same day.
The pair did not enter any pleas.