A parrot's squawks earned its brave owner a £500 reward after the noise helped her catch a burglar.

Emma Dazeley has been praised by a judge for confronting serial thief Jake Fletcher, after orange-winged Amazon parrot Charlie alerted her to his criminal activities.

She had planned to spend some of the cash on Charlie - but he has flown off!

He is thought to be living wild after disappearing several weeks ago and Emma is appealing for help to find him, reports The Mirror.

'You can get a lot of cuttlefish for £500'

Emma said: "I was going to give his some cuttlefish - that's his favourite. You can get a lot of that for £500. But I'm sorry to say that he's not here anymore. He's been gone for weeks now and I really miss him.

"He loved a good squawk and he did the trick that night when the burglar came.

"I know that alerted me to what was going on and that led to him being arrested."

Fletcher, 24, entered 41-year-old Emma's home in Monmouth, South Wales, during the night after raiding two other properties on the same street.

Charlie's squawks allowed her to tackle the burglar.

Prosecutor Matthew Roberts said: “He pushed past her and ran out of the back door.

“He fled and she pursued him. He tried to scale a fence but she tried to pull him down."

Cardiff Crown Court heard Fletcher dropped a stolen rucksack along with video games and two bottles of alcohol, before fleeing the scene.

The thief, of Newport, South Wales, has now admitted carrying out the three burglaries on June 20 last year.

Jailing him for two years, Judge Richard Williams said: "The victim showed considerable determination and courage. She is commended for her actions and will receive a £500 award.”

Emma Dazeley tackled Fletcher when he entered her home

However, Emma says all she really wants is her beloved bird back.

Appealing for help to get Charlie back home, she said: "I wish someone can find him and bring him back to me.

"I hope with some publicity over his actions might help - maybe somebody is looking after him somewhere and bring him back to me.

"He's my hero and I want him back."