A burglar was discovered lying under a victim’s bed clutching a knife – and was later arrested in a churchyard, police say.
The frightening incident in Stockton was documented by roads officers after another busy night for the force.
Cleveland’s dog unit was called out to apprehend a suspected burglar in Middlesbrough and a man stealing from cars in Stockton.
But it was another incident that shocked officers: “Our dog unit was ran ragged, tracking down… a suspect in a domestic-related burglary in Stockton,” a post on the unit’s Facebook page read.
“This male had been disturbed hiding under the victim’s bed armed with a knife, and was located in a nearby churchyard.”
Officers from the roads policing unit also stopped a Ford Mondeo in Hartlepool and found a lock-knife and brown powder, suspected to be heroin, while in Middlesbrough an erratic driver was reported for summons after being caught driving a car with two bald front tyres.
The statement continued: “A soft-top MG was pursued around Stockton town centre, the idiot driving placed himself and other road users at risk.
“The vehicle was lost as it rammed through bollards into a park area, it was found shortly after but the driver had disappeared. Over to the forensics officers to try and give us an idea of the driver.”
Another alleged dangerous driver got away after officers chased an Audi around Thornaby, which was “taking risks that we simply can’t replicate”.