Suspected theft from food delivery driver outside Durham college

TWO men have appeared in court following the alleged theft of a food delivery driver outside a Durham University college.

Police have been called to the incident in which two men allegedly broke into the back of a delivery van at Trevelyan College, on Elvet Hill, Durham, and assaulted the driver, on Monday April 11.

The couple then reportedly fled the scene in a car, after allegedly taking the van driver’s belongings.

Defendants Dylan Allan Barnes and William Bogie were arrested the next day and both were charged with robbery.

Appearing at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court, Barnes, who was on video link from the nearby town jail, denied the theft but admitted to the theft.

He also admitted to flying off without payment of £50 from a petrol station and taking the driver’s personal effects including a bag, wallet, maps, sat nav, hat and gear. ‘money.

Barnes, 41, of Hylton Street, Millfield, Sunderland, also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance, in a Ford Mondeo, on Elvet Hill on April 11.

He was returned to remain in custody.

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No charges were brought against Mr Bogie, 44, of Capulet Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, and he was released on bail to return for a rehearing in the case on July 8, when the Crown hopes to have considered whether the pleas offered by his co-defendant are considered “acceptable.”

A tentative trial date of October 3 has been set if the case is contested.

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