A MAN has admitted carrying out an armed robbery at an off-licence.

Michael Knowles, of Abbotside Close, Chester-le-Street, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink yesterday, at a short hearing.

The court heard the defendant plead guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article.

Knowles was captured on CCTV and stopped by a brave passer-by who was walking on New South Terrace, in Birtley, on the morning of May 25.

He spotted Knowles running away from a nearby off-licence and recognising that something did not seem right, tackled Knowles to the ground and detained him until police arrived.

Knowles was arrested after it emerged the off-licence had been targeted moments earlier by an armed robber who had threatened staff with a knife, stole money and the cash till.

He was taken into custody on suspicion of carrying out the offence while officers were also able to seize the knife and the stolen till nearby.

The good samaritan has since been praised by Northumbria Police and hailed a community hero.

In a statement at the time, Northumbria Police said: "The member of the public who intervened is a true community hero and he should feel very proud about his actions that day. He demonstrated exceptional bravery."

The 37-year-old was remanded in custody and is due to appear for sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, July 7.