THREE men who burgled the home of a vulnerable elderly man in Purbeck have been jailed.

Glen Mallen, 25 and of no fixed abode, Martin Mongan, 27 and of no fixed abode and Ryan O’Reilly, 28, of Burton Road in Christchurch, burgled the victim’s home on August 29, 2018.

The victim, who is in his 80s, was collected from his home in Organford Road, Holton Heath, to attend a day centre at around 9.30am.

Later the same day, the man returned home to find his house had been broken into and an untidy search carried out.

The offenders stole CCTV cameras from inside the property before leaving.

Police said that due to the victim being vulnerable, it is not known if anything else was taken.

The defendants were identified following a review of the house's CCTV as being Mallen, Mongan and O'Reilly by Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence.

The trio pleaded guilty to burglary and were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on November 7, 2018.

Mallen was sentenced to 34 months in prison, Mongan was handed a 30-month prison term and O'Reilly was jailed for 18 months.

DC Lawrence, of Bournemouth CID, said: "This was obviously an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and his family. A detailed investigation took place, leading to us arresting the individuals involved and bringing them before the courts.

“We are committed to protecting residents in our communities from burglars such as Mallen, Mongan and O'Reilly."