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Hammer-wielding burglar forced way into young woman’s flat in terrifying 3am raid – Gazette Live

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A burglar who left a young woman terrified after forcing his way into her apartment at 3am has been jailed.

Michael Lee Townsend, 30, was handed 10 years behind bars after he was found guilty of offences including an aggravated burglary.

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Brazen Townsend forced his way into the Cambridge Square apartment in Linthorpe in the early hours one night in October 2017.

A woman in her mid-twenties was asleep and he threatened her with a hammer, pushed her off the bed before ransacking the bedroom, stealing jewellery and car keys.

Investigating officer detective constable Jo Williams said the incident had left the young woman extremely shaken: “This young woman was asleep alone in the apartment when Townsend smashed his way into the address, leaving her terrified.

“I welcome the sentence given to him and hope that his time in prison will allow him to reflect on his actions.”

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