Man jailed for 12 months for blowtorch break-ins

A 19-year-old man who used a blow torch and screwdrivers to try and break into five houses in Londonderry has been jailed for 12 months.

The city's magistrates court was told that Ryan Harkin, from Northland Road in Derry, committed the offences in Ivy Mead in January.

Judge Piers Grant said Harkin had almost 20 previous convictions, and had engaged in a "spree of criminality".

He said the offences were pre-planned, and people were entitled to feel safe in their own homes.