A MAN has been jailed following a spate of burglaries and robberies in which lone women were tied up

Gary Spilsbury, 48, of HMP Forest Bank was sentenced today at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to 10 counts of burglary, two counts of robbery, five counts of theft and two counts of fraud.

Between August and October 2019, police received reports of a number of burglaries in Salford and the surrounding areas.

Lone women had their hands and feet tied together, while being threatened as their homes were ransacked.

Investigations were launched and, following extensive enquiries - including CCTV trawls, Spilsbury was arrested and taken in to police custody for questioning, where he was subsequently charged.

DC David Potter of GMP's Salford district, said: "Gary Spilsbury was a serial burglar who, on more than one occasion, entered homes and tied lone women's hands and feet together before threatening them and ransacking their properties. Thankfully, no one was injured but the burglaries were understandably traumatising.

"I hope this case reassures members of the public that we work hard to identify criminals and their offences, arrest them and bring them to face justice. I also hope it warns offenders that neither Greater Manchester Police nor the justice system will tolerate this kind of behaviour which so often leaves victims scared in their own homes."