TWO burglars who left ‘a trail of misery’ for their victims have been imprisoned for a total of nearly five years.

John Swanson, 31, and Michael Johnson, 42, admitted raiding two properties in the Blandford area on the same day in May. The court heard they first targeted a house in Charlton Marshall, forcing a door open and stealing a watch.

Prosecutor Sadie Rizzo said they then raided a house in Shroton and stole various items of silver and jewellery. They were later arrested and officers discovered the pair in possession of stolen goods. Both men appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court in May and admitted the two burglaries.

Swanson was jailed for three years and Johnson was jailed for one year and eight months, plus a further four months’ jail for other offences.