Two men have been jailed after carrying out an aggravated burglary in Burton last year.

John Wells, 37, from Maritime Place, Liverpool, was sentenced to nine years behind bars with four years on licence after being found guilty of one count of aggravated burglary with intent, while Tony McVey, 32, from Worcester Drive, Liverpool, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with four years on licence after admitting charges of aggravated burglary with intent, affray and possession of a sharp pointed article in a public place.

The court heard how Wells and McVey acted together to force entry into a residential property near Horninglow Road, Burton, while wearing balaclavas and carrying a metal mallet, on 30 May 2021.

When inside the property, the men assaulted the occupier with the mallet, striking her on the shoulder.

They also smashed a TV and a glass coffee table before making good their escape empty-handed.

The victim did not require hospital treatment but was left shaken.

Detective Constable Lucy Spicer, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Wells and McVey caused significant emotional and physical distress to the victim in this case.

“I am happy with the sentences handed to the pair and would like to reiterate that the force will take all of the necessary steps to investigate and apprehend offenders who conspire to commit burglary.”