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A man who admitted a burglary at a home in Gillingham has been jailed.

Gavin Thomas Disson, aged 40 and of Court Street Close, Tisbury in Wiltshire, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday 16 January 2019 after admitting an offence of burglary.

He was sentenced to two years and five months in prison.

The burglary occurred at around 3.15pm on Saturday 6 October 2018 at an address on the outskirts of Gillingham.

One of the residents arrived home to find an unknown man in her kitchen, who had entered through an unlocked side door.

The woman, aged in her 60s, challenged him and he said he was trying to get a lift into town as he was unable to walk that far.

The woman called her husband, who was out in the garden, so he could come and give the man a lift.

When he arrived he found Disson stood outside the address and noticed two wallets that had been on a sideboard had been moved and were now open on the kitchen table as if someone had gone through them. It is not believed anything was taken.

The man, also aged in his 60s, challenged Disson and said he was going to call the police, at which point he left the scene.

Officers attended, the defendant was located nearby and was arrested.

Detective Constable George Graham, of Weymouth CID, said: ‘We are committed to bringing burglars to justice and I am glad that in this case we were able to respond quickly and identify Gavin Disson as the offender.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to urge residents to make sure they do not leave their homes vulnerable to burglars. For crime prevention advice visit www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property-belongings/protect-your-property/.’

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