A MAN due to be sentenced for breaking into and ransacking a GP surgery has been remanded in custody after his late arrival at court.

Thomas Adey has admitted burglary at Arbroath House Surgery, Easington Colliery, on the evening of June 18.

Durham Crown Court was told that under the influence alcohol and tablets he caused £5,000 worth of damage.

It was the eleventh burglary on the record of the 40-year-old defendant, of Coniston Avenue, Easington Lane.

Judge Ray Singh adjourned the case on Thursday for the overnight preparation of a probation report on Adey and bailed him to return for sentence yesterday.

But as he was not present for the 9.45am-scheduled hearing, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

When he did arrive at court, a short time later, both counsel in the case were unavailable due to other commitments.

The judge remanded Adey in custody and re-listed sentencing for next Tuesday (July 20).


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