FOUR men have been remanded in custody on charges relating to a 'county lines' drugs network stretching from Manchester to Darlington and Scotland.

Darren Junior Nye, 25, Kyle Nelson, 32, Thomas Cleary, 24 and Alan Pickering, 57, all appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Mr Nye is also charged with affray and possessing an offensive weapon in relation to an incident in Darlington allegedly relating to a drugs dispute.

My Nye, of Colenso Place, Leeds, Mr Nelson, of Rydall Place, Leeds, Mr Cleary, of Naburn Road, Leeds and Mr Pickering of Parkland Hotel, Manchester, were all remanded in custody until March 25 where they will appear at Teesside Crown Court for a plea hearing.