A convicted burglar, set to experience freedom, was promptly sent back to prison as police officers arrived at the gates to welcome him.

Members of the Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team were informed that Aaron Thompson, 42, residing in Arundel Close, Wakefield, was scheduled for release from prison on Friday, 10 November, having completed a sentence for burglaries in the area.

Thompson, previously incarcerated in September for burglary offences, was swiftly taken to a police station, where he faced questioning regarding additional offences committed between January and April of the current year.

Following this, he was officially charged and remanded for a court appearance on Saturday, 11 November. During the court proceedings, he pleaded guilty to the offences and received a further 33 weeks of imprisonment.

Inspector Paul Fraser, who leads the Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said; “Even though he was incarcerated as a result of our previous work, we were determined to ensure Thompson was answerable for all his offending.

“Our actions ensured he was not freed to continue his criminal activities and was returned to prison within hours of his release.

“We are committed to working with partners to making Wakefield city centre a safer place and will use all the powers we have to take action to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”