Rape case in court

A POWBURN man is to appear at Newcastle Crown Court charged with rape.

Ryan Griffiths, 28, of Breamish Gardens, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with the offence, which is alleged to have taken place on Monday, May 9.

No pleas were entered and the case was sent straight to Crown Court. Griffiths will next appear on July 25.