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Actor Stephen Tompkinson arrives at court accused of GBH in Whitley Bay

Actor Stephen Tompkinson has arrived at court to stand trial after pleading not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man in North Tyneside last year.

Dressed in a grey suit and black shirt and tie, the TV star was pictured arriving at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday morning ahead of his trial which is due to begin today. He is accused of assaulting Karl Poole on Sunday, May 30 last year, in Whitley Bay.

During a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court last year, Tompkinson pleaded not guilty when the charge was put to him. His barrister, Adam Birkby, said the issue in the case is self-defence.

The 57-year-old, of Beech Grove, Whitley Bay, was born in Stockton. Tompkinson became a household name after starring as Father Peter Clifford in 1996’s Ballykissangel. In the same year, he appeared as Phil in hit film Brassed Off.

Other notable TV credits include Drop The Dead Donkey, Wild At Heart, Minder, New Tricks, Grafters and Ted And Alice. He was in DCI Banks for six years until the show was axed in 2016.

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Actor Stephen Tomkinson pictured at Newcastle Upon Tyne Combined Court Centre on 3rd May 2023 (Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive)

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