Man accused of stealing bus

A MAN accused of stealing a bus that left a trail of destruction in a quiet street has appeared before magistrates.

The 20-year-old, from Trimdon Village, was charged by Peterlee CID in connection with an incident which took place in Marcia Avenue, Shotton Colliery.

He was taken to Peterlee Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon where he faced charges of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

He has been bailed with conditions not to live in the Durham area, with a curfew and to report to police.

The man will return to court on May 18, alongside a 17-year-old male, also from Trimdon Village, who has been charged with allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle and aggravated vehicle taking.

The pair are said to have been involved in an incident which saw a stolen Arriva bus taken from Peterlee Bus Station on April 29.

The bus ploughed into various cars, garden walls and brought down two telegraph poles, leaving residents without power.