Burglar caught after leaving half-eaten peach at crime scene

A burglar who left a half-eaten peach at a crime scene in Northumberland was jailed after forensics officers got a DNA match from it.

Arran Burton broke into the Ashington home on 9 October last year.

While there, he grabbed a peach from the homeowner’s fruit bowl and helped himself to chocolates and sweets before leaving.

The 27-year-old left behind the partially-eaten peach.

It was while scanning the home for evidence that police officers found the half-eaten fruit and alerted the forensics team who were able to obtain a DNA match.

Burton pled guilty at Newcastle Crown Court last week.

He faces 876 days in prison and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of GBP£ 181.

Detective Sergeant Dave Boon from Northumbria Police praised the forensic specialists for their work which led to Burton’s arrest.

He said: “The DNA work by the forensics team on this case has been fantastic.

“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.”