Russian student in court over Newcastle University explosives

A Russian student has appeared in court charged in connection with two bomb scares at a North university

Streets and roads blocked off by police at Newcastle University after a suspicious package was found
Streets and roads blocked off by police at Newcastle University after a suspicious package was found

A Russian student has appeared in court charged in connection with two bomb scares at a North university and with carrying two knives outside his country’s embassy.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Aust, 18, was arrested on June 10 after two evacuations and a controlled explosion at Newcastle University last week.

He is accused of making an explosive substance between September 1 last year and June 11 this year.

He is also accused of carrying two lock knives when he was arrested near the Russian embassy in Bayswater Road, central London, on June 10.

The Newcastle University student, of Haymarket Lane, Newcastle, was remanded in custody when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Wearing a grey-green T-shirt and white running bottoms, he spoke only to confirm his name and address with the aid of an interpreter.

The defendant showed no emotion when District Judge Emma Arbuthnot told him that he would be remanded in custody until he appears at Newcastle Crown Court on June 23.

Aust is charged with the manufacture of an explosive substance, contrary to the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

He is also accused of carrying without good reason or lawful authority in a public place articles which had a blade or were sharply pointed, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

A second 18-year-old Russian student who was also arrested last week in connection with the incident remains on police bail pending further inquiries.

The explosive substance was removed from the dorms and officers from a military explosive disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion at Exhibition Park in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

Further searches at another three locations within the university led to the discovery of further items.

Around 80 students from the Into building were evacuated yesterday at around 4am and a police cordon put in place.

The items were removed and the building was reopened later in the day.

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