A bungling Bedworth burglar denied a break-in despite being caught red-handed with a screwdriver and stolen goods. Iain Parkhouse was found by police outside a house in Princes Street, Nuneaton.

Officers had responded to reports that the door of a house was being kicked in and a man was inside. Parkhouse was outside the property with some of the victim’s personal belongings including items of his clothing.

He initially tried to fool police by saying he knew the victim and had stopped to see what was going on. But after searching him, officers found a screwdriver and a knife – both of which were seized – and he was arrested.

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The 43-year-old continued to maintain his innocence during his police interview. But ahead of a trial starting, Parkhouse, of Weston Lane, who was initially charged with aggravated burglary, changed his plea.

At Warwick Crown Court he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 42 months in prison on Tuesday, October 31.

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