A MAN has been jailed for 16 months after a series of burglaries in Somerset.

Joshua Heal, of Burtle, Bridgwater, was handed a 16 month prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court on Thursday, November 12 after he admitted to his part in a dwelling burglary that took place in in Wells overnight on 14 / 15 July, while the elderly occupiers were asleep in the property.

The 21-year-old stole a handbag and car keys before stealing the victims’ car, which was subsequently burnt out.

Heal was also sentenced to a further eight weeks’ in jail for a non-dwelling burglary which he committed whilst he was on bail. 

The incident took place at the Fondo Lounge, Street on August 6.

Two further offences taken into consideration for sentencing were a dwelling house burglary and the theft of a motor vehicle, which both took place in Street in February.

Operation Remedy officer Jim Card, investigating, said: “A great deal of effort has gone into investigating these offences and bringing together evidence for trial, which has helped bring about justice for Heal’s vulnerable victims.”

Operation Remedy is a proactive initiative across Avon and Somerset that targets residential burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of controlled drugs.