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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Burglar jailed for five years

A BURGLAR who committed a string of crimes across Tynedale during the festive period has been jailed for five years.

Brett Wight admitted eight counts of burglary and vehicle theft.

Brett Wight (36) pleaded guilty to eight counts of burglary and vehicle theft when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

Wight was arrested in the early hours of Boxing Day last year after a car was stolen in a burglary in Gilsland.

Further investigation revealed that a second burglary had been committed in Gilsland that night.

Inquiries also brought two Stocksfield burglaries to light, one which took place on Glen Avenue on Christmas Day and another on Alexandra Terrace overnight on December 20.

The cars stolen in the burglaries were subsequently recovered during a police investigation.

Wight, of no fixed address but previously from the west of Newcastle, was jailed for 60 months.

The sentence comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, which is aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice.

Northumberland Area Command Supt Mick Paterson said: “We’re well aware the devastating impact burglars have on individuals and the wider community and the area is a safer place with Wight off the streets.

“Officers from the force’s major crime team investigated these burglaries and it’s an example of the ongoing work across the county to identify burglars and put them behind bars.

“I’m committed to ensuring our rural areas remain safe places for people to live – one burglary is one too many – and we’re working closely with our partners and the community to prevent offences from taking place.”