A HOMELESS man has been sent back to prison after stealing two CCTV cameras.

William McClacklan pleaded guilty to burglary and breaking a suspended sentence when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court heard how the 33-year-old was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he wandered into General Bucher Court, a block of flats in Bishop Auckland, in the early morning of January 28.

Lesley Burgess, prosecuting, said McClacklan, who gave his address of Waskerley Grove, Bishop Auckland, had drank vodka, Disaronno and taken two grams of amphetamine before taking the cameras.

John Clish, mitigating, said his client had been leading a "chaotic lifestyle" and acted foolishly as he could not remember committing the crime and did not stand to make any financial gain.

Judge Helen Cousins sentenced McClacklan to eight weeks for the burglary and two weeks for the breaking his suspended sentence which will be served consecutively. She also ordered him to pay £80 in compensation.