Two men, who were armed with 12-inch kitchen knives, have been jailed after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary with intent to steal.

Ryan Cook, 37, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six years and one month and Haydn Williams, 23, of no fixed abode, was jailed for five years and six months.

Cook (pictured left) and Williams (right) were sentenced at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday.

Police were called to a property in the Launceston Road area of Bodmin in the evening of Monday, September 19 last year and were told the men had forced their way in, armed with knives and demanding money.

One of the two female occupants had expected Williams as she had agreed he could come round and pick up a bag of food.

She went to fetch the bag but was taken by surprise when Cook also appeared as she handed over the bag.

Both men forced their way through the door and demanded money, with Cook placing an arm against the woman’s neck and holding a 12-inch kitchen knife in the other hand pointing at her neck.

She screamed out for help and the other female occupant came out from the living room.

A scuffle ensued and the second woman sustained a cut to her hand as she tried to get the knife away from her friend’s face.

This enabled the woman who had answered the door to grab the arm of Williams and head-butt him before punching Cook in the face.

Both men then left the address and ran in the direction of the nearby Asda store. 

The victims phoned police and officers carried out a search of the area, arresting both men in Love Lane.

A doorbell camera at a nearby property, overlooking the victims’ address, proved crucial to investigators as footage showed a male at the door – with a second male standing around the corner. The second male then ran to the front door with an object in his hand and both males went into the address before the door was shut.

The footage also showed the males exiting the address a short while later and out of camera view.

The investigation was led by DC David Squire.

Speaking after sentencing, he said: “This case shows that having good CCTV and doorbell footage at your home address assist the police in prosecuting violent offenders who commit acts in broad daylight.

“The footage clearly shows the offence and was key in prosecuting the defendants who have received a significant prison sentence.”