A family helped bring a prolific burglar to justice using a tracking app to find their stolen iPhones.

Karen Goode, 33, used the Find my iPhone app on a tablet to pinpoint the location of two smartphones after serial burglar David Howard stole them from their home in Coggeshall Road, Braintree.

Police found iPhones, jewellery, Xbox games and war medals in the homeless thief’s car.

He was jailed for six years and four months on Friday August 15 after stealing a total of £70,000 of property in his spree.