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Two men jailed after using rolling pin and wrench in attempted break-in

Two men who used a rolling pin and wrench to try and break into a Newcastle house have been jailed. 

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the attempted break-in took place just after midnight on 20 January this year at a property in High Street, Newchapel. 

The householder was watching TV when he heard a knocking and shouting. A panel of glass was smashed and a hand reached through. 

Various threats were shouted and a weapon was dropped inside the house.

The householder phoned the police and said he was in fear of his life and the men made off. 

Details of a car used by the men were passed and a Vauxhall Corsa was stopped on Waterloo Road.

Daniel Allen, 23, of no fixed abode, was jailed for nine years and Scott Middleton, 32, also of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight years, after both entered guilty pleas. 

Detective Constable Simon Beardmore, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was clearly a frightening, distressing experience for the householder. 

“Quick thinking by the man and the officers who stopped Allen and Middleton has resulted in this conviction.” 

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