THREE men who carried out a series of burglaries at homes in Worcestershire and the West Midlands have been jailed.

The trio, who pleaded guilty to a number offences at Worcester Crown Court on July 29, were sentenced to a total of more than 14 years in prison.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Hakim Aziz, Ashleigh Hammond, Bran Lloyd. Pic - West Mercia PoliceHakim Aziz, Ashleigh Hammond, Bran Lloyd. Pic - West Mercia Police

The offences relate to a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts that took place at homes in Hagley, Bromsgrove, Cannock and Wednesbury between November 23 and December 10, 2018.

Hakim Aziz, aged 21, of Nicholls Street, West Bromwich, admitted one count of attempted burglary of a home, two counts of burglary of a home and theft of a motor vehicle, plus one count of handling stolen goods.

He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to take an extended re-test.

Bran Lloyd, aged 21, of Hurst Lane, Tipton, admitted one count of attempted burglary of a home and one count of burglary of a home and theft of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

Ashleigh Hammond, aged 23, of High Street, West Bromwich, admitted one count of attempted burglary of a home and two counts of burglary of a home and theft of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended re-test.

Detective Constable Rhian O'Reilly from West Mercia Police said: "We welcome these convictions as burglary is a very emotive and intrusive crime. To see these offenders behind bars should hopefully reassure the victims that justice has been done.

"Tackling burglary remains a priority for West Mercia Police and we are committed to protecting our communities and reducing the impact of burglary by working closely with our partner agencies to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

"Making it difficult for thieves is paramount and we would always urge people to be vigilant."

Victims of burglary or vehicle theft in need of support can contact West Mercia Police's free and confidential Victim Advice Line on 0800 952 3000.