A 37-year-old man who carried out a £50,000 burglary at a jewellers in the town centre and another raid at a convenience store in Ipswich has been jailed for 24 months.

Before Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday was David Dixon, of Fonnereau Road in Ipswich, who admitted two non-dwelling burglaries.

The court heard a metal bar was used to force open the shutters of Andrews jewellers in the Buttermarket on August 9 and jewellery was stolen after a window was smashed.

A police cordon was put in place by officers for several hours after the incident.

Ipswich Star: Andrews jewellers in Ipswich after the raidAndrews jewellers in Ipswich after the raid (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Juliet Donovan, prosecuting, said that of the £50,000 jewellery stolen during the raid £25,000 worth had been recovered.

On August 1, the Kerala store in St John's Road was broken into and items worth around £7,000 including cigarettes, alcohol and cash were taken after the back door was forced open.

The court heard that £300 was seized from the defendant on his arrest and Judge David Wilson ordered that £150 should be paid to each of the victims.

Ipswich Star: Dixon was jailed at Ipswich Crown CourtDixon was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court (Image: Suffolk police)

Dc Aimee Berry, of Suffolk police, praised the force's Scorpion team for seizing the stolen goods after they were taken by Dixon.

She said: “To see Dixon behind bars will, I hope, give some comfort to the victims – burglary of any type is extremely upsetting for the homeowners and business owners and their staff.

"Dixon will now have plenty of time to reflect on his criminal actions.

“A special thank you to the Scorpion team who were efficient in affecting and seizing the stolen property for these investigations so they could be returned to the rightful owners."