A man accused of stealing a marked police van from outside a police station has appeared in court charged with seven offences.

The Vauxhall Vivaro van was taken from Lowestoft police station on Saturday evening and found abandoned 15 miles away in the town of Bungay at around 1am the next day.

Suffolk Police received several reports that the van was being driven erratically, it said.

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Sean Warman, 27, from Lowestoft, was arrested in Bungay on Sunday morning, according to the force.

He appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving in connection with the incident.

He was also charged with blackmail, robbery, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and two counts of impersonating a police constable

Mr Warman, who appeared by videolink from Great Yarmouth police station, spoke only to confirm his personal details.

No pleas were taken and he was bailed to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on 10 December.

Additional reporting by PA