Three people facing trial accused of murdering 'much loved' ambulance worker hit by van outside Cramlington pub | The Sun

THREE people are facing trial accused of murdering an ambulance worker killed when he was hit by a van outside a pub.

Sheldon Flanighan, 55, was off-duty when he was knocked down by the vehicle at the Bay Horse in Cramlington on Saturday night.

Another man was also taken to hospital after the horror and remains in a stable condition.

Three men charged with murder and attempted murder appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today via videolink.

Toby Kelly, 37, David Fairclough, 32, and Shannon Wooden, 27, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses.

Kelly is further charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

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No pleas were enteredbut a provisional trial date was set for October 3.

The trio were remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at the same court on May 2.

Sheldon was an ambulance care assistant who had been based at stations in Ashington and Blucher during his 29 year career.

Paying tribute, North East Ambulance Service said: "This news has come as a great shock to us all, and our thoughts are with Sheldon’s family, friends, colleagues at this incredibly sad time.

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"We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the professionalism and the compassionate care that the attending crews showed at this incident.

"This type of incident is never easy to deal with, but even more so when it involves a colleague."

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