A COUPLE have denied all charges arising from a recent alleged stabbing incident, which was followed by a police vehicle pursuit.

Angus Fitzgerald and Joanne Sarah Bowser appeared for the first time in the case at Durham Crown Court, relating to events in Howden-le-Wear, near Crook, on Friday February 9.

It is alleged that a man suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, when he was stabbed just above the knee, shortly after 4.30pm.

The couple were also said to be seeking to grievously harm a woman, in the incident in Railway Terrace

Mr Fitzgerald is alleged to have inflicted the knife injury before driving dangerously from the scene, in a Volkswagen Golf.

The 54-year-old defendant, of Sycamore Grove, Willington, is accused of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to wounding with intent, possessing a bladed article in public, causing an affray and dangerous driving.

His 30-year-old co-accused, also of Sycamore Grove, is charged with affray and conspiracy to wound with intent.

Both denied all the charges put to them at the crown court plea hearing and a trial date was fixed to start on June 18.

Ms Bowser was granted continued bail by Deputy Circuit Judge Paul Worsley QC, who remanded her co-accused to remain in custody until the trial.