A man has appeared in court after a controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious package found in Darlington.

Jake Freeman was arrested in connection with the alleged bomb hoax on Neasham Road, Darlington, last month.

The defendant, who appeared in court via a video link on his 24th birthday, spoke only to confirm his name and address.

The alleged incident happened at around 3.50pm on October 24 and a police cordon was in place for several hours.

The Northern Echo: Neasham Road, Darlington, was closed for several hours.Neasham Road, Darlington, was closed for several hours. (Image: Newsquest)

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists destroyed the item as a precaution before examining it and confirming it to pose no threat.

Freeman, of Walworth Crescent, Darlington, has been charged with placing an article with intent to cause a bomb hoax.

The defendant was not asked to enter a plea when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court and was remanded in custody.

He will appear at the same court on January 12 next year and a provisional trial date has been booked for March 23.