STEALING 12 watches has landed a man with a six-month jail sentence.

James Isaac Dodd (34), of no fixed abode but formerly of Hexham, was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in February for a case of theft when he admitted to the theft of the watches and a whistle to the value of £300 from the Medal Centre in Hexham on June 21.

He admitted to the theft and being in breach of the order when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court last Friday. He was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

Dodd was also given custodial sentences, to run concurrently, after admitting a string of motoring offences, which occurred in Fenham on March 26.

For driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs, he was sentenced to nine weeks in prison. He was sentenced to a further nine weeks for failing to stop after an accident.

He was disqualified from driving for 22 months.

He received no further penalties for driving without due care and attention, for not holding a suitable licence and for having no insurance.