THREE burglars who targeted a farm in Daddry Shield, County Durham, are now behind bars after trying to evade police officers by hiding in some bushes and under a van during a 4am ‘stand-off’.

Jackson Lee Bainbridge, 20, Connor Dodds and Liam Robson, both 21, were spotted making off on the farmer’s quad bike by a resident who reported the suspicious activity to Durham Constabulary and followed the vehicle, giving officers updates as they blue-lighted to the scene.

The trio sped through Westgate and Stanhope, before being seen abandoning the quad bike and jumping over a wall.

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Despite trying to get rid of pursuing officers, they were arrested after trying to hide in some bushes and under a van during the 4am incident.

All three appeared at court last Friday (January 7) where Dodds, of Argent Street, Peterlee and Bainbridge pleaded guilty to burglary. Robson, of no fixed abode, initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea to guilty later.

Dodds, Bainbridge and Robson were sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, with Bainbridge, of Kirkstone Avenue, Peterlee, receiving an additional six weeks for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

The trio were also ordered to pay court costs.

The quad bike has since been returned to the farmer.

Following the arrests and sentencing, the police have released this shocking footage of the incident:

Detective Sergeant Sarah Hindmarsh, of the South Volume Crime Team within Durham Constabulary, said: “Thanks to the speedy report from the member of the public and the use of the rural WhatsApp group, officers were able to make sure these prolific offenders were caught and taken off the streets.

“These close links with our rural communities are vital and we will continue to work with residents to keep them safe.”

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