A suspected burglar accused of raiding a North Shields deli was caught out after returning to the scene of the crime.

Police were called to The Wooden Deli in North Shields on April 4 after receiving a report of a break in where staff tips, a radio, food supplies and an RNLI charity tin were allegedly stolen.

Scott Knowles, of The Wooden Deli, reviewed CCTV and retrieved a blood-stained glove left at the scene.

However he was shocked to see a man who matched the image of the burglar stroll past the shop window later that day.

A 59-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary after forensics tested the suspect's DNA against the blood speckled glove.

Scott said: “With the café set to reopen this week, there couldn’t have been a more disillusioning time for my deli to be targeted.

“I was reassured by the police’s quick response and hopeful when a glove with blood on was found, that the suspect would be traced eventually.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw a man who matched the CCTV image of the suspect just walk by the café – I quickly called police and the rapid response led to a quick arrest.

“Though crushed the break in ever happened, I am hugely thankful to the police."

Northumbria Police’s PC Steve Preston said: “I know how a burglary can devastate a business in more ways than just financially.

“Unlucky for our arrogant suspect, shop owner Scott had vigilantly trawled his CCTV and was quick to ring officers when he spotted a man resembling the suspect caught on CCTV. Thank you Scott for your vigilance.

“Scott’s quick tip off meant within minutes we were able to arrive and arrest the suspect and thanks to the work of our colleagues in Forensics, a charge soon followed.

“Well done to all involved for such a speedy charge.”