A Newham man is facing prison after admitting his part in stealing £1.3million over five days by infecting cash machines with a computer virus.

Teofil Bortos, 36, of Cheltenham Gardens, Newham , pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey via prison video link to conspiring to defraud ATM provider Cardtronics UK.

Bortos and other members of a Romanian gang targeted towns over a May Bank Holiday last year and creamed off £1,373,640 by activating malware on 51 ATM computers the length and breadth of the UK.

Although Bortos is not accused of inserting the malware himself, the prosecution at the Old Bailey said he was party to the criminal enterprise. A co-conspirator had already been jailed for five years at an earlier hearing.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC remanded him in custody until sentencing on January 11 in order to be given more information about the case.