Justice bites back after peach snack lands burglar in jail over raid on Northumberland home

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A half-eaten peach left at the scene of a break-in helped lead police to find the thief responsible for the house raid.

Now Arran Burton is behind bars after Northumbria Police’s forensic officers and detectives managed to match his DNA to the burglary scene in Ashington.

The 27-year-old broke into the house on October 9, last year.

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Once inside, the hungry thief grabbed a peach from the homeowner’s fruit bowl before leaving it half-eaten at the scene of his crime.

Arran Burton, 27, of Castle Terrace, Ashington, has been jailed for the break-in.Arran Burton, 27, of Castle Terrace, Ashington, has been jailed for the break-in.
Arran Burton, 27, of Castle Terrace, Ashington, has been jailed for the break-in.

The bumbling burglar also helped himself to sweets and chocolate before fleeing the house.

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Police called to investigate carried out a search for evidence, with officers quickly discovering the partially-eaten peach.

They then alerted their colleagues in the force’s forensics team, who were able to get a DNA match for Burton and link him to the incident.

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He soon found himself in handcuffs and was subsequently charged with burglary – later pleading guilty to the offence before a court.

Burton, of Castle Terrace in Ashington, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court this week for sentencing, where he was handed 876 days in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £181 by the court.

Detective Sergeant Dave Boon, from one of Northumbria Police’s burglary teams, has praised the forensics specialists for their excellent work which led to the arrest.

“The DNA work by the forensics team on this case has been fantastic,” Det Sgt Boon said.

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“Their meticulous efforts have helped convict a burglar and made the local community safer.

“Their fruitful endeavours mean Arran Burton will now have plenty of time on his hands to think about his actions.”

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