A man has pleaded guilty to carrying out a catalogue of offences after a dozen cars were torched over the course of a three-day arson spree.

David Jenkins admits carrying out 12 counts of arson after a number of vehicles were set alight in Hartlepool in incidents on February 19 and 28, and August 18 last year.

Cleveland Police received reports of fires on Caledonian Road, Baden Street, Shrewsbury Street, Lansdowne Road, Osborne Road, and Brinkburn Road, all in Hartlepool.

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The 32-year-old, of Lime Crescent, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to all offences across the three days when he made a short appearance at Teesside Crown Court via a video link from prison.

A psychiatric report was requested for Jenkins before he can be sentenced for torching the vehicles.

The arson attacks on the cars, which included Range Rovers and Volkswagens, resulted in numerous vehicles being severely damaged.

Recorder Paul Reid remanded the defendant in custody until he is sentenced on February 29.