Man is remanded in custody accused of knifepoint raid.
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter email@example.com
A MAN has appeared in court accused of a robbing a shop at knifepoint.
Ian Lockey was in the dock at Gateshead Magistrates' Court accused of the raid Parkhead News and Off Licence, in Winlaton, last month.
A masked raider armed with a knife threatened a terrified shop worker before stealing cash and riding off on a bike.
It happened at about 8pm on Saturday, October 26, as staff in the store were cashing up.
The robber, who had a red mask or scarf over his face, went into the familyrun store with the blade and began threatening the young woman behind the counter.
It's alleged Lockey grabbed cash before running out of the store, jumping on a bike and riding off in the direction of Axwell View.
The woman was not injured in the incident, but was left shaken.
Lockey, 33, of Jobling Avenue, Winlaton, entered no plea to one count of robbery during the brief court hearing.
Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said the case was so serious, it could only be dealt with at Crown Court.
He said: "This is an indictable only matter, which I invite you to send to Newcastle Crown Court."
Toni Sowerby, mitigating, made no representations about where the case should be heard.
Lockey, who was wearing a white and grey ski jacket and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, struggled to hear as he was told by magistrates he would be remanded in custody. He will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on November 27.
Speaking just after the robbery, one neighbour said: "It's just not something you'd imagine is going to happen around here."
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