Burglars who raided a home in the Cotswolds made off with a £58,000 Audi car.

Adrian Peach, 32, of Stone Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, admitted dishonestly handling the stolen Audi RS Q3 when he appeared before the judge via video link from his remand prison.

He was jailed for three years and four months. 

The court heard Peach had been hired for £200 by the burglars to drive the vehicle to a hiding place on the Deykin Industrial Estate in Deykin Avenue, Birmingham.

But the new car, bought last December, was quickly found thanks to  the victim's Audi tracking app and police recovered it, hidden behind crates and pallets the next day, said prosecutor Naomi Aylwin.

CCTV showed Peach and another man, Daniel McGonnell, 30, of Brownfield Road, Shard End, Birmingham, leaving it in its hiding place, she said.

McGonnell also admitted handling the stolen car but was dealt with at an earlier hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court where he was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work, the prosecutor said.

Ms Aylwin said Peach has made seven previous court appearances for 18 offences and received an eight-year jail term in 2017 for a post office burglary in Stourbridge. He had been released in December last year on licence.

Anthony Bell, defending, said "He trained as an auto electrician in prison and on release he set up a business. He was making a good start to that business when coronavirus hit.

"The lockdown that followed was catastrophic. Work dried up and with it the money that he was earning to pay the bills at home. In those circumstances, he was hired to drive a vehicle from A to B for £200. He regrets that at the time he saw no alternative but to take that job.