Man jailed after floury footprints led police to his Somerset home

Anthony Rudkin Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Police followed the trail of flour to the door of Anthony Rudkin in Weston-super-Mare

A burglar who left a trail of floury footprints from the scene of the crime to his own front door, has been jailed.

Anthony Rudkin wore gloves to ransack his neighbour's flat in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, but was unaware flour had been spilt over the hallway carpet.

After returning to his flat with stolen jewellery and a PlayStation 4, police were able to follow the trail of flour.

Rudkin, 48, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years and five months at Bristol Crown Court.

The burglary at a flat in Whitecross Road took place on 11 October last year.

PC Dave Cousins, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "Some investigations are incredibly complex and require some thorough and intelligent police work.

"However, in this case the actions of the victim and the attending officers resulted in Rudkin's quick arrest and seizure of key evidence.

"Rudkin thought he was being clever by using gloves to cover his tracks but failed to realise he had trodden in flour and led us straight to his front door."

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