A WOMAN who “left a trail of destruction” burgling 40 homes across east London and Essex has been jailed.

Lindsay Hilden, 37, was handed three years behind bars at Basildon Crown Court on Friday (August 18).

She was sentenced a fortnight after her boyfriend Peter Flowers, 43, was given six years for the string of burglaries they committed across Chadwell Heath, Ilford, Romford, and Essex between December 13 last year and February 1 2017.

The couple, both homeless, were arrested in the early hours of February 1 near the scene of one of their break-ins in Coombewood Drive, Chadwell Heath.

A police investigation then linked them to 40 burglaries, involving at least 60 victims.

Flowers was also convicted of having an offensive weapon, cocaine, driving while disqualified, and failing to stop for police.

Hilden admitted conspiracy to burgle and burglary on June 23.

Investigating officer PC Michael Brimfield said: “Today’s sentence marks the end of a complex investigation that involved 40 investigations involving over 60 victims who suffered at the hands of two prolific burglars.

“Hilden, like Flowers, has shown no remorse for her actions throughout this case.

“They left a trail of destruction as they carried out a large number of burglaries over a short period of time, most of which occurred during the festive period.

“I hope both sentences offer some justice to their victims.”