A 34-year-old man will appear at Newcastle Crown Court next month, accused of threatening to kill worshippers outside the Heaton Mosque & Islamic Centre on February 6.

The ChronicleLive reported how an individual allegedly banged on doors of the mosques, chased one worshipper and shouted abuse and threats before officers from Northumbria Police attended the scene and made an arrest.

The arrest renewed calls for Muslims locally to report anti-Muslim and Islamophobic hate crimes.

In a statement given to the newspaper, police did confirm that the 34-year-old male, named locally as Alexander Bolam, was arrested and later charged with racially aggravated criminal damage, threats to kill, and common assault.

Bolam appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

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