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Semi-naked dad gives burglars the chase

A burglar was chased down the street by a semi-naked householder.

A burglar was chased down the street by a semi-naked householder.

Gary Peake, 29, admitted burgling the property in Fair View, Tranmere, and was jailed for four years.

Prosecutor John Lovelady told Chester Crown Court a Mr Hawksworth, his girlfriend and two daughters were asleep when they heard noises downstairs.

Suddenly a man entered their bedroom.

'He was on his hands and knees, crawling about the floor. The girlfriend froze in panic, then shouted out,' he said.

'Mr Hawksworth could also see Peake, who was standing by the door.

'Both intruders escaped, followed by Mr Hawksworth. He caught up with Peake but the other man escaped.

'A ground floor window had been broken and the door opened from inside. A briefcase which had been taken was found in the rear yard,' added Mr Lovelady.

Peake, of Westbourne Road, Claughton, Birkenhead, admitted another burglary.

He and his co-accused, Colin Edwards, 23, pleaded guilty to a joint charge of breaking into a house in Ledsham Road, Little Sutton, on July 7.

Peake also admitted obstructing the police by giving them false details.

Mr Lovelady said a Mr McManus and his family were carrying out renovation work.

They left the house and a friend saw a pane of glass was broken in the front door. He called Mr McManus, who returned quickly.

'They heard noises from upstairs. They got a hammer for protection and shouted that the police were coming.

'One of the men was standing on an upstairs window ledge, wearing latex gloves, and getting ready to jump. Police arrived and they were arrested.

'Two sports bags were found filled with jewellery and other items, totalling £1,000. All the rooms had been searched,' said Mr Lovelady.

Defending, John Philpotts said Peake, with 24 burglary convictions, had a heroin problem.

Edwards, of Quigley Street, Rock Ferry, has two previous burglary convictions. He was jailed for 12 months.


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