Pair in dock after car theft

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TWO men have appeared in court in connection with the theft of a car.

The pair were brought before magistrates in Sunderland after a Peugeot 308 was stolen and crashed in Washington on June 7.

Ryan Howard, 22, of Dusntanburgh Close, Washington, pleaded not guilty to being carried in a stolen vehicle which was then damaged.

Anthony Rodgers, 27, of Coquet Avenue, South Shields, withheld his pleas to charges of aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, using a vehicle without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Both were released on bail and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on August 13.