A man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in County Durham last week that saw a firearm discharge at a business.

At around 7.55pm on Sunday (January 8), police received reports of a vehicle ramming the Amara’s Golden Glow premises on Fifth Street.

A further vehicle was seen to arrive moments later, after which witnesses reported hearing a firearm being discharged.

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Although significant damage was caused to the property, officers from Durham Police are not aware of any injuries.

A man was arrested on Friday afternoon (January 13) on suspicion of attempted murder.

James Stephenson, of Leazes Rise, Peterlee, was charged on Sunday with attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

The 31-year-old appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 16) and was remanded into custody to appear at Durham Crown Court next month.