A BURGLAR has been jailed after leaving a family feeling so unsafe they had to leave their home.

James Randles, 20, of Hemlock Close, Runcorn, was given a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty to burglary at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, April 9.

The charge relates to an incident on Monday, July 31, last year, 2017 when Randles broke into the house on a young family on Festival Terrace in Runcorn.

PC Stuart Beswick said: “This was a calculated and cold-hearted burglary which has had a serious impact on the victim and her young family.

"Randles opened personal mail before stealing a flat screen television from the home. This intrusion of the victims left them feeling so unsafe in their own home that they were forced to move out of the area.

“Randles denied any involvement in the offence when interviewed and initially entered a not guilty plea.

"However, he later changed his plea to guilty when faced with the overwhelming evidence gathered by the team here at Runcorn Local Policing Unit."

Anyone with any information in relation to burglaries in their community should call Cheshire Police on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.