A GP has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder a man in his 70s following an alleged poisoning.

Hong Kong-born Thomas Kwan, 52, of Brading Court, Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, was remanded in custody at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court following a brief hearing on Wednesday morning.

The balding bespectacled doctor, who was wearing a yellow striped shirt and black trousers, did not enter any pleas and he was told he will next be before Newcastle Crown Court on March 6.

It is understood his medical practice is in Sunderland.

Northumbria Police was leading the investigation which has seen a property in Ingleby Barwick searched by officers in protective suits.

The alleged victim, a man in his 70s, was not a patient of the GP.

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On Tuesday evening, a Northumbria Police spokesman said: “As part of an ongoing investigation, an address in the Ingleby Barwick area of Stockton was being searched.

“This led to the discovery of unknown substances and, as a precaution, officers are conducting further checks at the property.

“There is believed to be no wider risk to the public and inquiries are ongoing.”