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Posted on Friday 17 June 2022

Arrested, charged and at court…all within 48 hours.

On Tuesday night, we received a call to a burglary that was ongoing at a property on Newfoundland Street, in Darlington.

The suspects had kicked the rear gate in and entered the house while the owners were still inside.

Response officers arrived on scene within minutes and contained the house, where they arrested a man inside on suspicion of burglary.

Michael Sinclair was taken into police custody where he was later charged with burglary.

The 42-year-old appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court yesterday (June 16) he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Sinclair, of Kitchener Street, Darlington, was jailed for 52 weeks, suspended for 18 months.

Detective Sergeant Liam Robertson, of Darlington Volume Crime Team, said: “This was a great response from the officers on shift that night who caught Sinclair red-handed at the scene.

“A quick and thorough investigation by the Volume Crime Team then saw the suspect at court and convicted, all within 48 hours of the initial call coming in.”

A second man was also arrested in connection with the incident and charged with burglary.

He pleaded not guilty and will appear back at court in October for trial.

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