A man who drove a stolen car 50 miles before trying to steal quad bikes was caught after officers found his DNA on a glove left at the scene.

Simon Western, 33, along with Bradley Dyer, travelled from Stamford Bridge, where they stole a car key from inside a house, and took the 2015 Land Rover Discovery from the drive.

The pair drove the car from the five bedroom house in an affluent area of the village to a farm in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in an attempt to steal quad bikes in the early hours of December 13, 2018.

The car - which had the value of around £26,000 - was taken from the home of a woman and her two children in Stamford Bridge.

Western, of Hebden Walk, Leeds, and Dyer, had travelled 50 miles to the East Yorkshire village from West Yorkshire.

Simon Western was jailed after appearing at Hull Crown Court

Vincent Blake-Barnard, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court on Monday, February 3, that a man living on the farm "saw a man with a torch light entering the outbuildings and he called the police."

When police arrived, Western and his assailant ran on foot - leaving behind the expensive car.

But Western, in his haste to get away, left a glove at the scene with his DNA on.

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The pair were soon caught and Western later pleaded guilty to burglary.

Dyer, his 23-year-old co-accused, was jailed for eight years for his part in the same crime spree. He was jailed in February 2019.

A victim impact statement from the woman targeted in the first burglary told how she was left feeling vulnerable.

In the statement read out to the court she said that she was on crutches at the time of the burglary.

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She said: “This has shaken up all of us that live at the address.”

The court heard how Western’s previous convictions include some for burglary and possession of cannabis.

Mitigating, Dale Brook told the court that Western has since stayed out of trouble as he has become the sole carer for his 13-year-old daughter.

He said: “In January 2019 his life was turned upside down but for the better.

"Perhaps because until that day the only person he had to think about was himself and his record suggests that’s the only person he did think about. He became the sole carer of his 13-year-old daughter who was going through a very difficult period.”

The court heard that since the burglaries, Western sorted out a home for himself, his daughter, his new partner and her child and even has the prospect of part-time work on the horizon.

He was sentenced at Hull Crown Court
He was sentenced at Hull Crown Court

However, Judge Mark Bury sent him to prison for three and a half years.

Judge Bury said: "You have a bad record for offences of dishonesty involving thefts and burglary and drugs and your offending has been fairly regular.

“You targeted an affluent property where you saw an expensive motorcar.

"The fact there was nothing else stolen suggests there was a degree of planning and this was a car that had a reasonable, decent sized boot that was relevant because you then drove 50 miles to a farm in Holme-On-Spalding-Moor where there was a quad bike business which you were aware of and that’s why you needed a decent boot size.”

The judge said he took into account the amount that had happened in Western’s life since the burglaries, but still jailed him for three and a half years.

He added: "It's a shame that you didn’t think about that all before because now you have to be punished for this serious offence.

"Others have to be deterred and the vulnerable must have the comfort of knowing that the people that commit these kind of offences get long sentences."