Prolific burglar is jailed

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A prolific burglar who caused misery for homeowners across Belper has been jailed for three years.

Appearing at Derby Crown Court, one-man crimewave Lee Billyeald admitted breaking into six homes.

The 40-year-old, of High Street, Belper, was sentenced once he admitted burgling a house in Ashop Road some time between June 22 and June 24.

And during a hearing at the Crown Court he asked Judge John Burgess to take five similar crimes into consideration.

These included an attempted burglary at a house in Bridge Street on June 24 and an attempted burglary at a house in Naseby Road on June 23.

Following the sentencing, Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant for Belper, Neil Glover, said: “We are pleased with this sentencing, which reflects the serious nature of his crimes.

“Being burgled can have a devastating impact on victims and I hope the victims in this case can draw some comfort from the fact that Billyeald is now behind bars.

“I would urge residents to look at their home security, particularly in the summer months.

“Don’t be tempted to leave the house with windows open and always keep your sheds locked.”

Latest available figures show that burglary has actually been cut dramatically across Belper in the space of a year.

Between June 2012 and May 2013 there were 88 burglaries reported across the town, compared to 138 between June 2011 and May 2012.

However, figures for last month are not yet available.

There was a spike in burglaries during May and April this year - when there were a total of 33 reported - compared to 16 in the first three months of the year.

Last week, police urged people not to leave their windows open while they are out during the hot weather after cash was taken from a house in Fleet Crescent.