Former Darlington football club chairman George Reynolds was jailed for three years today at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting to being a tax cheat.

The 69-year-old self made millionaire and his cousin Richard Tennick admitted cheating the public revenue by £650,000. The pair had declared to the tax man that they had no income over a 4 year period.

Confiscation orders were made on both men.

Reynolds must pay £422,000 in unpaid tax. If he fails to do so he will receive another 5 years.

Tennick received two years and must pay £225,747. He will receive an extra three years if not paid.