Man jailed for burgling Gosport pensioner’s home

A MAN has been given a three-year prison sentence for a burglary at a pensioner’s home in Gosport.

In the early hours of June 18, 50-year-old Steven Christopher Sharp gained access to a garden on Row Wood Lane but was disturbed by the occupant as he tried to enter the house.

The occupant – aged in her 80s – found Sharp outside her back door, at which point he turned and fled via the garden.

She later noticed that Sharp had tried to get into the house via a bedroom window, which he had left open before leaving the scene.

When he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, October 1, Sharp, of Tukes Avenue. Gosport, admitted burglary.

DC Dermot McBride, of the Operation Hawk team, said: “Burglary is a serious offence which leaves people feeling incredibly vulnerable and unsafe in their own homes.

“While nothing was stolen on this occasion, Sharp’s intentions were abundantly clear, and his actions were very unsettling for the woman living at the address.

“The Operation Hawk team is dedicated to tackling these types of offenders, and I hope the outcome of this case reassures the community that we will take action and bring these people to justice.”

For information and advice on how to better protect your home from burglary, visit the Crime Prevention page on our website: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/