A man who burst into a Chinley woman’s home and demanded her car keys has been jailed for 22 months.
Adam Hopkinson was given 12 months for burglary and ten months for aggravated vehicle taking. He was also given two months for two counts of possessing cannabis, to be served concurrently.
At 2.30am on Saturday, July 6, an 86-year-old woman called police to report that a man had just broken into her Chinley home while she was in bed and demanded her car keys. He took the keys and stole her car from the driveway.
Minutes later, police received a call from a signal worker at Hayfield Road, Chinley, reporting that a car had crashed near a signal box and a man had run off from it.
Police discovered the crashed car was the one stolen earlier and Hopkinson, 26, of Beacon Hill Road, Newark, was arrested nearby.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows said: “I can only imagine what a frightening ordeal this must have been for the woman, who awoke to find a man had broken into her home, brandishing a garden tool. She must have been terrified.
“I hope that she can draw some form of comfort from knowing this man is now behind bars.”