A TEENAGER has admitted attempting to carry out a robbery at a village convenience store.

Liam Arron Dann entered the Late Shopper in Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, carrying a meat cleaver, demanding money from shopkeepers Mike Barnes and Wendy Swords.

He banged the long-bladed knife down on the counter twice, but Mr Barnes refused to hand over any money.

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Mr Barnes then threw a bundle of newspapers at Dann, who fled the premises, in West View, empty-handed.

He was later arrested following forensic examination of a footprint from the scene.

Appearing at a preliminary hearing in the case, at Durham Crown Court, nineteen-year-old Dann admitted a charge of attempted robbery, stemming from the incident on the evening of Monday, December 16.

Sentence was adjourned by Judge Christopher Prince to allow for the preparation of a background report on the defendant by the Probation Service.

Dann, of Princes Street, Bishop Auckland, was remanded in custody prior to sentence, on Friday, August 22.