Fridge fundraiser denies 'assaults'
A serial fundraiser famed for running with a fridge strapped to his back has appeared in court charged with assault.
Tony Phoenix-Morrison, better known as Tony "The Fridge", appeared at Sunderland Magistrates' Court facing five charges.
The 50-year-old grandfather, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, has completed numerous challenges including running the length of Britain with the 42.5kg fridge on his back in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
He has also completed back-to-back London Marathons for Cancer Research and was named fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Britain Awards 2014.
Last year he said he would be retiring his fridge after one last endurance race that will see him run across America.
Court officials confirmed that he faces four charges of assault and one of using violence for the purposes of securing entry into a home.
He denied the charges at his appearance yesterday and will return to the court in September after being granted conditional bail.