Burglar had breakfast during break-in at Winthorpe property

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A burglar helped himself to breakfast after breaking in to his former home while the owner was in respite care, a court was told.

Jordan Bamford, 20, smashed a window to enter the property in Martin Way, Winthorpe, near Skegness.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the property was empty at the time of the burglary because the owner was in respite care. The court was told Bamford had been living at the property but was recently asked to leave.

Chris Gabbitas, prosecuting, said the police were called after the owner’s niece noticed Bamford breaking in to the property.

“There was breakfast cereal out which had been eaten,” Mr Gabbitas told the court.

During police interview Bamford admitted he did not have permission to be in the house but still had some of his property inside.

The court heard Bamford had two previous convictions for burglary and faced a possible three year jail sentence under the three strikes law for burglars.

But David Eager, mitigating, told the court Bamford had turned his life around since the burglary and was hoping to get a job in construction.

Mr Eager said: “This is a young man of just 20, he was only 18 at the time of his previous burglary. That is a long time at his age.”

Judge Sean Morris agreed to defer sentence on Bamford for six months after he pleaded guilty to a single charge of burglary on 28 October, last year. Bamford was told he will receive a suspended prison sentence if he stays out of trouble and saves £200 compensation for his victim.