Six teenagers have denied murdering 14-year-old Gordon Gault in Newcastle in November last year.

The six appeared in court today (Friday, July 28) accused of murdering Gordon during a suspected knife attack in the Elswick area of the city on November 9. He died in hospital six days later.

The teenagers, all aged between 16 and 18, appeared in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court where they entered not guilty pleas to one charge of murder.

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They also all pleaded not guilty to one charge of wounding with intent against a second victim.

Due to their ages, five of them cannot be named for legal reasons.

Lawson Natty, who has just turned 18, from Newcastle, can now be named as one of those charged with Gordon's murder.

They were all remanded in youth detention or local authority accommodation.

Warning members of the public against identifying the boys, Judge Paul Sloan, the Recorder of Newcastle, said: “That is a serious matter that could result in a serious punishment, likewise if a court order is broken to identify a defendant under 18 that would also result in serious consequences.”

A trial is set to take place on November 14, two days before the first anniversary of Gordon’s death.

Last month five people, aged between 16 and 28, were also charged with violent disorder in relation to the incident. They will appear in court on August 3.