WE'VE rounded up the latest court cases concerning the Tyne Valley heard at Northumberland's Courts.

The cases appeared in this week's Hexham Courant.


A woman banned from keeping animals has returned to court accused of breaching the order after an alleged incident where a dog bit a woman.

In 2019, Lynn Stoker (64), of Raw Farm House, in Byrness, was disqualified for life from keeping animals under Section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 after being found guilty of a string of cruelty charges against more than 100 animals.

At Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on May 5, Stoker pleaded not guilty to being the owner in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury after a woman was allegedly bitten by a black Labrador on the thigh.

Stoker is co-accused of the offence alongside Maxwell McGovern (56), also of Raw Farm House in Byrness, while Stoker faces another charge of breaching a disqualification imposed after a conviction.


Philip Dedman, who had been initially banned from the roads on April 24 after being seen unsteady on his feet by police in Ponteland, was then spotted getting behind the wheel of his car less than 48 hours after leaving court.

Dedman’s original reading of 60 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath resulted in him being banned from the roads until 2024, but he was soon again seen getting out of his Mercedes CLS220 in Great Park near Gosforth.

The 50-year-old had already previously appeared before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on April 24 where he admitted driving while above the legal alcohol limit after the first offence the day previously.

As a result, he was disqualified from driving for three years, issued with a £750 fine and told to pay a victim surcharge of £75 and costs of £85.

When he reappeared in Court on April 27, Dedman admitted driving with no insurance and driving whilst disqualified.


Daniel McGee (30), of The Hermitage, in Hexham has been fined for being in possession of cannabis at a Tynedale property.

McGee pleaded guilty to producing the class B drug, and a separate one of being in possession of the drug, in February of this year.

He was fined £120 for producing the drug, and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £34.

There was no separate penalty for possession of the drug.