'Habitual criminal' is jailed after burglary.
A NEWCASTLE burglar spent Christmas behind bars.
Wayne James Bellerby, 34, of Stanton Street in Newcastle has been jailed for four years for committing a burglary in Walker. In April he broke into a flat at The Ropery and stole a laptop computer and golf clubs.
Enquiries were carried out by Northumbira Police and Bellerby (pictured) was arrested and later charged with the burglary.
He pleaded not guilty to the offence, however after a two-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this month he was found guilty and sentenced four years in prison.
Central Area Detective Inspector Alan Cairns said: "This was a really good investigation by the burglary team, and after some great work they were able to identify Bellerby as responsible and get him arrested and charged.
"Bellerby is a habitual criminal with an atrocious record, and having him behind bars will go a long way in helping us continue to reduce burglaries in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas.
He added: "Burglary is a horrible crime to have to suffer, and I want to reassure residents that the burglary team will do all they can to keep burglars off our streets and get them behind bars."