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Paint footprint trail leads police to burglar

A burglar was caught after he left a trail of paint from the crime scene to his home.

Andrew Mark Connor, 27, knocked over a tin of white paint when he was burgling a shop in Easington Colliery.

Police arrested him minutes later after following footprints to his home in Vincent Street.

Connor, who admitted burglary, must pay £100 compensation and was given a 12 month community order by Peterlee magistrates.