Barnsley burglar snared by blood left at crime scenes

David Kenneth Milner
David Kenneth Milner

A Barnsley burglar was caught by the police after he cut himself as he broke into two houses in the town.

David Kenneth Milner, aged 50, of High Street, Royston, broke into two houses in November last year and stole items including jewellery and a television.

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He was identified through his NDA when blood found at both houses was tested.

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Milner, who was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, broke into a house in Darley Cross, Worsbrough, on Saturday, November 11 after smashing a patio door to gain entry.

He stole a mobile phone during that raid.

The following day, Milner broke into a house in Wilthorpe Road, Wilthorpe, after forcing a side door open to get into the property.

Several pieces of jewellery were stolen, as well as a television.

PC Oliver Williams said: "During visits to both properties by our crime scene investigators, evidence of blood where the houses had been broken into was found.

"The blood was analysed and the DNA found to be Milner’s. He was brought into custody and later charged with the two offences.

"Burglary is an incredibly intrusive crime and a priority for us here in Barnsley. It can leave people feeling unsafe to be in their own homes and can rob them of irreplaceable sentimental items.

"We will always do whatever we can to bring those responsible for burglaries before the courts so that they can be held accountable for their crimes."