An axe-wielding burglar who broke into a house to steal an iPhone was confronted by the brave homeowner and arrested the same day.

Jamal Ahmed was jailed for seven years last week after breaking into a house in Rutland Avenue, High Wycombe, on August 7.

Armed with an axe, he broke in and snatched an iPhone from the kitchen table, as well as a knife.

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Hearing her phone alarm going off in 32-year-old Ahmed's hand inside her home, a woman in her fifties demanded he hand the phone back.

He refused and swung the axe at the front door before fleeing.

Ahmed, of no fixed address, was arrested the same day and charged on August 8 with one count of aggravated burglary and possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place.

At Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, December 3, Ahmed was jailed for seven years after admitting his crimes.

Priority Crime Co-ordinator officer, Craig Lambert, based at High Wycombe police station, said: “I would like to thank all those involved in the successful conviction of Ahmed for what was a terrifying ordeal for the victims.

“The diligent work of detectives from High Wycombe’s Priority Crime Team (PCT), uniformed officers and the OIC’s collaboration with CPS, provided the best possible chance of a positive outcome and Ahmed’s sentence reflects this.

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“Burglary is an offence that greatly affects our community and can be extremely distressing for victims, working alongside the victim’s, witnesses, our community and partner agencies, I am pleased that Ahmed has successfully been brought to justice and the victims can now have closure.

“The detectives of Priority Crime Team at High Wycombe will continue to work tirelessly and diligently in partnership with our communities, tackling priority crime in the relentless pursuit of minimising further offences and the trauma to victim of such criminality.

“This conviction and sentence reflects the severity and serious for which this offences are taken, and is a warning that these type of offences will not be tolerated within the High Wycombe Policing Area.”