A cross-dressing clown who stole packets of cigarettes from a rural village store has been jailed.
Thomas Prodger terrified staff when he entered the Co-op store in Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, clad in a flowery dress and clown mask at 9.20pm on September 21.
Prodger, of Middleton-in-Teesdale, was sentenced to 20 months in jail after pleading guilty to the theft of nine boxes of cigarettes at Durham Crown Court on Friday.
Judge Christopher Prince handed down the sentence along with a
restraining order including conditions that Prodger is not to enter the
Co-op until further notice.