Sunderland man who tried to rob William Hill bookmakers gets five years for spate of crimes

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A Sunderland man who tried to rob a betting shop during a two-hour crime spree has been jailed for five years.

Daniel Reay, 36, of Tudor Grove, Plains Farm, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on October 16 after being charged with attempted robbery, burglary, attempt burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle.

The offences were all committed within the space of a couple of hours on Monday, August 24,

The first happened at about 2.35pm when a man tried to break into a house in Kitchener Street, in the Barnes area of the city, then an hour or so later a house in General Graham Street was broken into.

Just after 4pm, police received reports of an attempted robbery at William Hill bookemakers, on Hylton Road.

Following inquiries, Reay was arrested and charged.

His case was highlighted by Northumbria Police as the force launched its month long 'Beat the Burglar' campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the action taken against unwanted intruders.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: "I'm pleased that this burglar is now in prison and will be there for a considerable amount of time.

"This sentence is another example of the lengths we are going to do make sure burglars are put before the courts and sent to prison.

"We will not stop in our commitment to catch those involved in burglaries - whether they are burgling or handling stolen goods, or involved in any other way, we will continue to make sure appropriate police action is taken against them."

Reay was given a 30-month sentence for the attempted raid on the bookies', which he will serve as part of the five year-sentence.

Crime prevention advisor Sandra Killeen said: "People may think betting shops hold a lot of money, but this is not the case.

"This sentence should act as a warning to those who think they can get away with attempting to rob that police and the courts take the offence seriously and they could ultimately find themselves jailed."

Throughout November police will be carrying out days of action throughout the force ara to target those suspected of being involved in burglary, as well as hosting crime prevention events, property marking days and publishing a series of #BeatTheBurglar tips on social media accounts (@northumbriapol) to help residents protect their property.

For more crime prevention information visit the www.northumbria.police.uk/homesecurity, while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.