Darlington and Washington bike burglars jailed

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TWO burglars who were caught red-handed and chased by their victim are now facing lengthy prison sentences.

Andrew Bywater and Michael Claydon seized a handbag, iPhone, cash, tobacco and a bicycle after breaking into an address in Hawthorn Square, Seaham in the early hours of Friday May 6.

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But as they tried to flee the scene, they were disturbed by the victim who chased them and recovered his bicycle.

Returning some of the stolen property to the victim, Bywater and Claydon left on foot, but only two hours later were detained and arrested on suspicion of burglary.

They both appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday morning (June 6) for sentencing.

Bywater, 33, of Alwin, Wash., was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Claydon, 33, of Chelmsford Street, Darlington, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Assistant Detective Inspector Victoria Ford-Stubbs, of Seaham CID, said: ‘We fully understand the emotional impact burglaries can have on victims and the wider effect they can have on nearby residents. .

“We will take swift and vigorous action to bring to justice offenders like Bywater and Clayton who think they can rob hard workers.”

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