See the moment dog sniffs out Gateshead burglar in bush before arrest

A burglar has been jailed for almost two-and-a-half years after has caught hiding in a bush after committing the crime - for the second time.

Liam Curry was first arrested following three reports of burglary in the space of 24 hours in Darras Hall, Northumberland in January 2023. The 28-year-old was found by officers hiding in foliage on Runnymede Road and was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court last may after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

However, Curry did not change his choice of hiding spot when officers were called to an address on Fleetwood Way in the Felling area of Gateshead at around 5am on April 3. This time around, it was PD Claude who sniffed out Curry, who had hidden in a bush once again, this time on nearby Sunderland Road.

Curry, of Sunderland Road, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to the latest burglary offence at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, May 9, and on Thursday was sentenced to 876 days in prison. Detective Sergeant Stuart Taylor of Northumbria Police said: "Victims of burglaries are often left feeling unsafe in their own homes and I am confident this sentence for a repeat offender will be welcomed by our communities."

He added: "We would ask that residents and those operating businesses in our areas continue to take a few extra steps to help guard them from falling victim to this type of criminality. Burglars and thieves are typically opportunistic, and will often go from street to street in their efforts to find an unlocked door or window.

"By taking the time to keep your valuables out of sight and your property secure, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime."