‘Racial attack’

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A MAN has appeared in court in connection with an alleged racial attack on a shopkeeper.

Joshua John Brendan Payne, 21, appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court charged with racially-aggravated assault at Burbank Food and Wine, in Burbank Street, in Hartlepool, said to have happened on Tuesday.

Payne, of Sydenham Road, Hartlepool, has pleaded not guilty to the allegation and was bailed until November 20, when he will stand trial at the magistrates’ court.

A 20-year-old has been bailed, a 19-year-old is due at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on August 27 charged with obstucting a police officer and a 15-year-old will appear at the youth court on August 8, in connection with the alleged incident.