A FARMER accused of picking up a car with a tractor and dumping it in the road off his land is to go on trial.

Robert Hooper, 57, of Brockersgill Farm, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, appeared at Durham Crown Court on Monday.

He is charged with dangerous driving and criminal damage to a Vauxhall Corsa on June 5.

The incident allegedly happened at around 5.45pm on the B6277 at Newbiggin-in-Teesdale.

A trial is scheduled to take place in the week commencing January 31 next year.

Judge James Adkin has granted him bail until then.

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