Seven teenagers appear in court charged with murder over Jack Woodley death

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Jack Woodley, 18, was attacked after visiting a funfair with his girlfriend (PA) (PA Media)
Jack Woodley, 18, was attacked after visiting a funfair with his girlfriend (PA) (PA Media)

Seven teenagers accused of murdering an 18-year-old have appeared before a Crown Court judge.

Jack Woodley was found badly injured near the Britannia Inn, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear at about 9.30pm on Saturday.

On a fundraising page, his mother, Zoe McGill, said he was visiting a funfair with his girlfriend when he was attacked.

The teenager, originally from the Durham area and having recently moved to Sunderland died from his injuries in hospital the next day.

Northumbria Police charged seven teenagers aged 14-17 with murder and they appeared before Newcastle Crown Court.

Three of them were on a link from a prison while the others brought to court.

A reporting restriction prevents the media from identifying them due to their age.

Judge Paul Sloan QC, the Recorder of Newcastle, adjourned the case until November 17 when a pre-trial review will be held.

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