A man has been jailed for burglary a month after he targeted an Epping home.

Nicky Love, of Gallery Road, London, was sentenced to 42 months in prison after he admitted burglary.

The home, in Allnuts Road, was burgled on October 7 and Essex Police arrived within an hour of the report.

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Police officers were then able to gather the evidence needed to identify a suspect.

Love was arrested and charged with "burglary dwelling" a couple of days later.

The 31-year-old admitted to the crime and was sentenced by Chelmsford Crown Court on November 17.

Detective Inspector Tony Atkin said “This is a great result and an example of how committed we are to getting justice for victims of burglary.

“This man travelled in from London with the sole intention of committing these crimes and he showed little regard for how his crime would impact these victims.

“Essex Police will aim to attend all residential burglaries and if we don’t, then there must be a good reason for this.

“In this investigation the quick reporting allowed us to attend within the hour and carry out the enquiries we needed to.

“If you have been burgled, we ask that you report as quickly as possible.”