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

Police were called to the incident in which two men are said to have broken into the back of a van delivering to Trevelyan College, on Elvet Hill, Durham, and assaulted the driver, on Monday April 11.

The pair were then said to have fled the scene in a car, having allegedly taken the van driver’s belongings.

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

Appearing at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court, Barnes, who was on video link from the city’s nearby prison, denied robbery, but admitted theft.

He also admitted making off without payment of £50 from a petrol filling station and taking belongings of the driver, including a bag, wallet, cards, a satellite navigation system, a hat and cash.

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 remanded to remain in custody.

Read more: Two men to appear in Durham court after theft from food van

None of the charges were put to 44-year-old Mr Bogie, of Capulet Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, and he was bailed to return for a further hearing in the case, on July 8, by which time the Crown hopes to have considered whether the pleas offered by his co-accused are considered “acceptable”.

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

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also follow our dedicated County Durham Facebook page for all the latest in the area by clicking here.

For all the top news updates from right across the region straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on or contact 01325 505054