A ruthless burglar who ‘violated’ homes in Saughall just six weeks after getting out of prison has been jailed.

Nicholas Wilcock broke into a property on Hermitage Road on September 19 but was caught red-handed helping himself to jewellery by a quick-thinking neighbour who alerted police.

The 40-year-old fled the scene with the jewellery and forced his way into another house on Seahill Road, where police found and arrested him.

A subsequent investigation by Cheshire Constabulary led to the recovery of all the stolen items and Wilcock, of Dodd’s Drive in Connah’s Quay, was charged with the two burglaries.

He pleaded guilty and was handed a six-year prison sentence at Chester Crown Court last week, after asking for two more burglaries in Hawarden and Connah’s Quay committed earlier in September to be taken into consideration.

“I’d like to thank the vigilant neighbours who spotted suspicious activity and called police,” said Detective Sergeant Nick Henderson.

“If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have been able to get there in time to catch him in the act.

"Such community spirited people make it more difficult for those intent on committing crime.

“The victims will hopefully find some solace in the fact the man who violated their homes and took their possessions has been put behind bars and that their possessions were returned to them.

“I’d urge everyone to be vigilant and call police on 101 when they spot suspicious activity in order to help us bring criminals to justice.”