Tyne & Wear

Vladimir Aust in court over Newcastle University bomb alerts

Bomb disposal squad at Newcastle University Image copyright North News and Pictures
Image caption Bomb disposal officers used a robot to search the university's INTO language building

A student charged over two bomb alerts at Newcastle University has made his first appearance at crown court.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Aust, 18, was arrested in London on 10 June after a suspicious substance was found in the university's INTO language school.

The complex was twice evacuated and a controlled explosion carried out on a recovered substance.

No formal plea was entered and Mr Aust, of Haymarket Lane, in Newcastle, was remanded in custody until 11 September.

The court heard Mr Aust, who appeared via video link from HMP Pentonville, is accused of making or knowingly having in his possession an explosive substance between 1 September last year and 11 June this year.

He is also accused of carrying two lock knives when he was arrested close to the Russian embassy in London.

The court was told Mr Aust was initially arrested under anti terrorism provisions, but that those no longer applied.

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

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