Man admits bookmakers hostage siege
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Jarrow bookmakers siege: Alistair Gallow pleads guilty

A man has admitted holding four people hostage during an armed siege.

Alistair Gallow targeted Coral bookmakers in Jarrow, South Tyneside, on 8 January, sparking a stand-off with police lasting several hours.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink from HMP Durham, he admitted four counts of false imprisonment and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The 39 year old, of Percy Street, Jarrow, will be sentenced on 4 April.

  • 07 Feb 2017