TWO men arrested after a Bank Holiday weekend disturbance in a residential area late last month have appeared at crown court.

Four police officers were injured, two requiring ongoing treatment, while attempting to restrain and detain the men allegedly involved in the violence.

Police were called to Dunelm Way, in Leadgate, near Consett, at 4.40pm on Sunday August 27, following reports of a man having come under attack.

In the incident that followed, as the pair allegedly responsible were arrested, three male and one female officer suffered injuries.

One had to undergo further dental surgery, having lost teeth and received jawline injuries, while another officer suffered a broken hand.

John Pinder, 25, of Dunelm Way, appeared at Durham Crown Court via video link from the city’s nearby jail, charged with one count of unlawful wounding, two each of assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault, plus one each of assault with intent to resist arrest and assaulting a policewoman in the execution of her duty.

He was remanded to remain in custody until a plea hearing, on October 3.

Paul Nixon, 46, of John Street, Blackhill, Consett, who is accused of assault with intent to resist arrest and assault causing actual bodily harm, was bailed to return for the same hearing.