Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JAIL FOR THE BURGLAR TACKLED BY NAKED MAN; Offender Away for Four Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JAIL FOR THE BURGLAR TACKLED BY NAKED MAN; Offender Away for Four Years

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@eveninggazette.co.uk

A SERIAL burglar, who was rugby tackled and pinned to the floor by a brave naked householder, is starting a four-year prison sentence. Delroy Daley, 34, crept into a Middlesbrough flat where two children and a five-months-pregnant woman were sleeping.

He came off worst when confronted in the hallway by have-a-go hero Tom Best, the woman's partner and the children's uncle. Mr Best awoke to a loud thud and saw a movement sensor light in the flat hallway at about 2.10am. He got out of bed, saw the hooded intruder and ran towards him, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday. The nude bar manager rugby-tackled Daley, who he said was lifting his arms with clenched fists trying to punch him.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters said the men scuffled on the floor of the Longlands apartment.

Mr Best, 22, manager of Liberty's In Town on Linthorpe Road, returned punches, grabbed Daley and pinned him to the floor. When he asked what the invader was doing, Daley replied: "I was only mooching around."

Mr Best told him he had no right to be in the apartment.

The court was told that Daley responded: "**** off or I will stab you with this screwdriver."

No weapon was seen.

Daley offered Mr Best PS50 to let him go as the pregnant woman screamed for help. A neighbour came and helped detain Daley until the police arrived.

Mr Best's nieces, aged eight and 10, screamed during the burglary on July 28. It was described by the expectant mother as the most terrifying incident she'd ever been involved in.

Daley was handcuffed and arrested with injuries to his face. He had drugs on him.

He said he went into the home because he was being chased and he ended up covered in blood.

Daley, of Daleville Close, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, faced a minimum three-year prison sentence after he admitted the "third strike" burglary. …

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