A burglar who stole jewellery belonging to a pensioner has been jailed for almost two and a half years.

Justin Guy, 40, from Bournemouth, broke into premises along Wollaton Road in Ferndown in December last year.

Forensic evidence obtained from the scene led to his arrest.

He admitted the offence and was sentenced to 876 days’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £560 compensation to the victim.

Detective Constable Mark Colborne, of Dorset Police Priority Crime Team, said: “This was a very callous crime.

"The offender stole items of huge sentimental value which we have not been able to recover.

“I am pleased that the judge accepted our application and ordered that Guy pay his money to the victim.

"This illustrates that police will continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to take money from offenders to reimburse victims where appropriate.

“This sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and demonstrates that these offences will not be tolerated by the courts and the police."