Darlington thief thought fish would survive out of water

Ghost carp Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ghost carp grow to between 18 and 26 inches (45-65cm) long

A man hid a stolen fish in his clothes believing it could survive out of water for 24 hours, police have said.

Officers in Darlington caught the man with the £70 Ghost Carp in a small sports bag stuffed under his coat.

He had scooped the fish from a display pond at Elm Ridge garden centre but was detained by staff, Durham Police said.

The man was fined £90 and will be required to write a letter of apology. The fish was returned to the pond apparently unharmed.

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