Bonsall burglar jailed thanks to vigilant villagers

Police have issued a warning to people using cashpoint machines in Hartlepool to guard against 'skimming' devices

Police have issued a warning to people using cashpoint machines in Hartlepool to guard against 'skimming' devices

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A burglar has been jailed for four years after vigilant villagers called police to report prowlers.

Mark Timson appeared at Derby Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, April 6) and was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to two burglaries and possessing cannabis.

A further charge of theft from a motor vehicle and burgling a shed will lie on file.

Several Bonsall residents called police in the early hours of November 15 last year to report three suspicious men in the village, looking at cars.

Officers were dispatched to the area and found three men, who all ran off. Timson was captured in the village and arrested.

He was later charged with burgling two houses in Study Drive, a shed in Bankside, theft from a car and possessing cannabis, a small bag of which was found on Timson when he was arrested.

The 30-year-old is of Grindon Crescent, Nottingham.