Vulnerable older people living in a sheltered housing complex in Norwich will welcome the sentencing of a man responsible for a burglary while one of the residents slept in his bed, according to police.

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David Reed was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting two counts of burglary and asked for 17 similar offences to be taken into consideration – including an offence at a sheltered housing complex at Silkfields, near Oak Street, on August 25, where a TV was stolen while a man was asleep.

Sergeant Keith Philpot, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who was pleased with the sentence, said: “House burglary is an intrusive crime that can have devastating effects on the victims and I hope this sentence offers some form of closure to those affected by his crimes and in particular the residents living in sheltered housing. We are aware the incident at Silkfields caused concern among residents and hope this result goes some way to reassure them.”

Amy Stammers, a city councillor for Mancroft ward, also welcomed the sentence. She said: “I definitely echo the sentiments. It’s extremely sad that someone would go into a sheltered housing complex and commit burglary. I’m glad he’s been sentenced and will serve a sentence.”

Reed, left, 29, of Queen’s Road, Great Yarmouth, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced last week after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary at an earlier hearing.

The court heard how Reed burgled a home in Beaconsfield Road, Norwich, overnight on August 28 and stole an Xbox from the lounge after climbing through a front window which had been left open. He also targeted a house on Silver Road that night, climbing in through an open window before stealing two mobile phones, a bag and jacket. Police identified Reed as a suspect after his fingerprints were found at both scenes.

Sgt Philpot added: “Swift action by detectives led to a compelling case being built against Reed, ultimately leading to his conviction. I’m pleased he has faced up to his criminality by admitting these offences.”

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