'Thieves looking for quiche' spark five-hour armed stand-off

Two men sparked a five-hour armed stand-off when they broke into a Northumberland cafe

Cafe @Marshalls, at Scremerston, which was the scene of an armed raid

Two men have appeared in court after a stand-off at a Northumberland cafe. 

The incident, in Berwick, resulted in a five-hour stand-off with police.

Trained negotiators and officers with tasers surrounded the Cafe @Marshalls, at Scremerston,  which is part of Marshall’s Leisure shop.

Barry Kirsopp, 21, of no fixed abode, and Dean Matthew Thompson, 20, of Brickfield Lodge, Tweedmouth, Berwick, have both been charged with burglary and affray.

They appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates Court.

The case was adjourned and both men were remanded in custody.

Their next appearance, which will be at Newcastle Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.

Howard and Angela Marshall of Cafe @Marshalls, at Scremerston
Howard and Angela Marshall of Cafe @Marshalls, at Scremerston

Angela Marshall, who runs the outdoor clothing shop with her husband, and witnessed the drama said: “It was like something you see on the telly, not something that happens in Berwick. Apparently they were hungry and wanted some quiche."

Police contacted Angela shortly after 1am to say there had been a break-in at the business.

“When I got there, there were about 15 police cars outside, they were all over the place,” she explained.

“There were negotiators and all sorts. They had the riot gear on and tasers.”

The stand-off lasted until around 6am when two men were eventually brought out.


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