TWO men have appeared at court charged with stealing a nurse’s bicycle and uniform.

Jamie Roy Marriott, 30, of Stooperdale Avenue, Darlington, and Scott David Colling, 28, of Tansley Gardens, Darlington, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Both men have been remanded in custody following a bail hearing in the court's car park. The men were not allowed in the court building because of fears about spreading coronavirus.

Mr Marriott and Mr Colling are accused of burgling a property in Darlington on March 28, as well as two charges of thefts from vehicles.

It is alleged a Cannondale road bike and clothing including a NHS nurses uniform was taken from one vehicle.

Meanwhile, the men are accused of stealing a holdall, with clothing and sat nav, from another vehicle.

All the offences are alleged to have occurred on the same day.

Both men pleaded guilty to the thefts from the vehicles, though disputed they had taken all of the items they have been charged with taking.

They indicated they would plead not guilty to burglary.

The two men were brought to court by Durham Police but were not allowed to enter the building due to concerns about spreading coronavirus, due to the fact that one of the alleged stolen items was a uniform, which had been worn by a nurse working at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

A bail application was made by Ben Clish, who was representing Mr Colling, in the court’s car park.

District judge Tim Capstick remanded both men in custody until their next court appearance, which is scheduled to take place at Teesside Crown Court on April 28.