A MAN who admitted attempted robbery and a bid to flee police has been told by a judge that he is facing an “inevitable” sentence behind bars.

Andrew Gray, of Grasmere Road, Ferryhill, pleaded guilty to three offences when he appeared via video link at Durham Crown Court yesterday.

The 34-year-old entered pleas for one count of attempted robbery, one count of attempting to escape lawful custody and one count of breaching a restraining order imposed on July 12 last year at County Durham Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Gray attempted to rob a man of money in Ushaw Moor, breached the restraining order by entering the village, and tried to flee from hospital.

All three offences were committed on December 5, 2018.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said: “You have pleaded guilty to these matters.

"They are serious, clearly a custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Gray will be sentenced at Durham Crown Court on Monday.