A MAN has been remanded in custody after he was charged with stealing a car belonging to Redcar MP Ian Swales.

The car, a VW Golf worth £5,500 was taken from the town's Station Road on November 11.

James Trevor Lawrence, 32, of High Street, Loftus, appeared before Northallerton and Richmond Magistrates charged with the theft.

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He also faces four further charges of stealing tools from Cocked Hat Park at Sowerby, electrical goods worth £3,000 from a house in Little Crakehall, Bedale and a sat nav and number plates from Bedale.

He is due to appear at the magistrates court again on January 3.