A MAN has been given a six-week curfew after admitting handling a stolen saw.

Shane Edward Telford, 33, of Coronation Avenue in Tow Law had allowed a friend to carry the Stihl saw in his car, Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court was told.

Prosecutor Blair Martin said the £600 saw had been left in a house that was undergoing a renovation in Howden-le-Wear when it was stolen on April 3.

A witness saw a Vauxhall Astra that was linked to Telford in the area at the time of the theft, Mr Martin said.

In interview Telford told police he and the friend had driven to Howden-le-Wear to visit another friend and he had no idea his companion was going to steal the saw, which has never been recovered.

Paul Donahue in mitigation said Telford made full admissions to police.

Magistrates gave Telford a six-week curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered him to pay £100 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.