A burglar was forced to call the emergency services on himself after getting stuck in a window while breaking into a home.
Frederick Moulton, from Spring Close in Swindon, was given an 18-month community order yesterday after his bungling error.
The 53-year-old was left suspended upside down when his leg got jammed while clambering through the window of an empty property during the early hours of Thursday morning.
He was unable to free himself despite thrashing around for some time and eventually became so desperate he called fire services to ask them to help him, prosecutors said.
When firefighters arrived, it was obvious Moulton had been trying to break into the empty house in Groundwell Road, and they called the police who arrested him.
A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: ‘While trying to climb in through a window his leg became jammed leaving him hanging upside down inside. As a result, he was forced to call the fire service asking to be freed.
‘Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service called us and our officers arrived at the address with fire brigade colleagues.
‘On arrival it was obvious that Frederick Moulton was trying to break-in and so was arrested at the scene.’
The defendant admitted burglary and possession of the Class B drug amphetamine at Swindon Magistrates’ Court.
Moulton was slapped with an 18-month community order, including attending rehabilitation appointments, a £95 surcharge to victim services, £85 in costs and his amphetamine is to be forfeited and destroyed.