Man who forced his way into family home with large knife is jailed

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A man who was caught red-handed breaking into a family home armed with a knife has been jailed.

Terence Planner, 40, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of a bladed article. On Monday he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

On September 2, Planner broke in to a garden shed of a house in Oak Grove to steal tools and other items.

He then used these to smash a window in the home, taking valuable jewellery and watches as well as items of sentimental value.

He attempted to make his escape back into the rear garden, but Thames Valley officers were on hand to arrest him.

They found him carrying stolen property, and he was also in possession of a large knife, which he had brought with him.

He was arrested at the scene, and charged the same day.

Det Con Scott Dempsey said: “Mr Planner has chosen a house in a quiet residential area armed with a large knife and forced his way into a family home in broad daylight.

“But a member of the public raised the alarm of the ongoing burglary. Our officers reacted quickly in order to catch Planner red-handed.

“The length of the sentence given by the judge in this case demonstrates the seriousness of the offence and should act as a deterrent to others that this kind of crime will not be tolerated.”