A MAN has admitted stealing tools worth almost £100,000 along with a quantity of scrap metal from a manufacturing firm in the region.
The thefts admitted by Colin Benton took place at metal fabricator Permoid Industries, which is based on Newton Aycliffe's Aycliffe Industrial Estate.
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They included the theft of what were described as press tools, worth £97,000, along with three lots of metal with a scrap value of £1,115.
He was given bail by Judge Tony Briggs and will be sentenced on January 11 next year.
The judge said all sentencing options remained open on the defendant.