12/07/2019

10 year Sentence for Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Burglary in Middlesbrough

A 30 year old man has been handed a ten year sentence after he was found guilty of offences including an aggravated burglary which left a young woman terrified.

Michael Lee Townsend Michael Lee Townsend forced his way into the Cambridge Square apartment at around 3am one night in October 2017 where a woman in her mid-twenties was asleep.

He threatened her with a hammer and pushed her off the bed before ransacking the bedroom, stealing jewellery and car keys.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Jo Williams said the incident had left the young woman extremely shaken:

“This young woman was asleep alone in the apartment when Townsend smashed his way into the address, leaving her terrified.  I welcome the sentence given to him and hope that his time in prison will allow him to reflect on his actions.”