Jail for burglar who struck at home

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A man who was disturbed by a householder as he burgled her Sowerby Bridge home has been jailed for 20 months.

Nicholas Cooper sneaked into the property after travelling from his home in Tongue Street, but when the female householder heard noises in the early hours of the morning she spotted the 23-year-old running out of the back door. Cooper, who was on licence at the time from a previous prison sentence, left a mobile phone at the scene of the burglary in March and he was later arrested by police. Cooper pleaded guilty to the burglary offence and Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC sent him to prison following a hearing at Bradford Crown Court.

The judge warned Cooper, of Rochdale, that because he now had two convictions for house burglary on his record he would face a mandatory three-year minimum jail term if he was caught again.