A serial burglar is now behind bars all thanks to a noisy parrot.

Jake Fletcher, 24, broke into two homes before trying his hand at a third - which was when he came face-to-beak with Charlie the parrot.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the burglar's presence sent the rescue bird into a major flap - squawking so loudly that it woke up owner Emma Dazeley.

Ms Dazeley, 41, then went to investigate before she tackled the thief as he tried to do a runner.

Prosecutor Matthew Roberts said: "During the last burglary, one of the victims was asleep in bed when she heard the family parrot squawking in the front room and she went to investigate.

“She saw the defendant hiding behind the door and confronted him. He pushed past her and ran out of the back door.

“The complainant grabbed hold of a rucksack the defendant had and told him he was not taking her daughter’s bag with him. This caused the bag to rip.

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

Charlie was described by her owner Emma as brilliant

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Fletcher dropped the rucksack along with video games, a bottle of prosecco and a bottle of gin before he ran off.

Emma was hailed for her bravery by a judge and given a £500 reward - as her actions led to Fletcher's arrest.

Fletcher, of Newport, South Wales, pleaded guilty to the three burglaries in Monmouth, south Wales, on June 20 last year.

Defending Suzanne Payne said: “He says his drink was spiked on the night of the offending and that he lost days of his life."

Judge Richard Williams jailed Fletcher for two years - and praised the parrot's owner for her bravery.

He said: “There was a struggle for possession of the rucksack with one victim.

"She tried to tackle you to stop you going over the fence.

“If I were to impose a suspended prison sentence, it would add insult to her injury.

“The victim showed considerable determination and courage. She is commended for her actions and will receive a £500 award.”

Jake Fletcher, 24, claimed someone had spiked his drink before he burgled three homes

But despite praise from a Judge and Fletcher being behind bars, the story doesn't have a happy ending - as Charlie flew off six weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.

Emma said she is heartbroken that her beloved orange-winged Amazon parrot has gone missing.

"I was going to give his some cuttlefish - that's his favourite. You can get a lot of that for £500," she added.

"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."

Emma also downplayed her heroics in tackling Fletcher.

She said: "I did what I needed to do to bring him to justice. I was just trying to protect my home - and Charlie did his bit too.

"I don't think I was brave maybe stupid but he didn't do anything to me so I was lucky. It could have been a different story.

"I just wish someone can find Charlie and bring him back to me.

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

"Charlie is a rescue bird. He was being abused and when I first saw him he was being kept in a budgie cage.

"I couldn't leave him there and brought him home. I had Charlie for six years and he was a great pet.

"He didn't say any words but he squawked which is what alerted me to the burglary. He's my hero and I want him back."