A Lancashire man has been jailed for more than two years following two burglaries in Greater Manchester.

Liam Farnworth, 22, of Frenchwood Street, Preston, was sentenced on Thursday at Bolton Crown Court, to two years and four months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, which were committed in Hyde and Bolton in January and August last year.

On Friday 17 January 2020, Farnworth's first victim left her property on Mottram Road, Hyde before returning on Monday January 20 to find that her property had been burgled and electrical goods including a laptop and phone, jewellery, and multiple other items had all been stolen - some of which were irreplaceable items for the victim.

The victim later discovered a blood stain on a duvet cover and the DNA was found to match that of Liam Farnworth.

On Thursday August 13 2020, Farnworth's second victim was upstairs in his property on Lever Park Avenue, Bolton, when he heard a noise from downstairs and went to investigate.

As he entered his dining room he was confronted by two men - including Farnworth - wearing balaclavas and searching through boxes of cutlery.

Both men were chased out of the property by the owner and he discovered they had smashed they're way in via the conservatory door.

Blood samples obtained from the broken door matched that of Farnworth's.

A warrant was put out for his arrest following the first offence and several arrest attempts proved negative.

However, in October 2020, Lancashire Police came across him on Skeffington Road, Preston and he was subsequently apprehended.

Detective Constable Natalie Fairhurst of GMP's Tameside district said: "Farnworth believed he was above the law and could not only burgle multiple houses, but evade police detection.

"Thankfully he now has time to think about his actions from behind bars.

"GMP does not tolerate this sort of behaviour and I hope today's result serves as a reassurance to the community that we are committed to tackling this sort of criminal activity in their area."