A WINDOW cleaner arrested on suspicion of burgling a young mum’s home was found to be wearing her knickers when police took him into custody.

Alan Sayer burgled his 19-year-old customer’s home in Newton-le-Willows, snatching a bra and a pair of lacy French knickers from her bedroom.

He was rumbled after reporting a break in at the house to the woman and later sending her a handwritten note asking for a date, St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard.

Officers, who then arrested the 36-year-old, discovered he was wearing a pair of the stolen knickers at the police station.

The crime is said to have left his young victim “sickened”.

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how the mother had chatted to the window cleaner on the morning of the burglary.

Prosecuting, George Moss said she left home with her son at 10.30am on November 10 when Sayer began asking what she was doing that day.

Mr Moss said: “She told him she was going to her mother’s. When she left the house it was locked and secure.”

But hours later Sayer went to her mother’s home, whose address he knew through a friend, to tell his customer someone had broken into her house.

She returned home and although suspicious did not think anything had been taken. However, after discovering her pink and black underwear was missing she contacted police.

And her fears that Sayer had been the culprit rose the next day when she found his hand written note in her letterbox, asking for a date.

After his arrest, he claimed the knickers belonged to his ex-partner, who lives in Nottingham, before later confessing to burglary when the evidence stacked up.

He denies forced entry, however.

A witness had told police she had seen Sayer at the rear of the house with his ladders leaning against an extension.

She added that Sayer, of Sankey Street, Newton had gone missing for between 30 to 45 minutes. His fingerprints were also found on the inside of the window.

Watching the hearing from the public gallery was Sayer’s father, who told police in a statement that he discovered women’s underwear in his son’s bedroom “from time to time” and found it “embarrassing”.

Whenever he found the items, he threw them in the bin.

A victim impact statement from the woman, read out in court by Mr Moss, said: “This event has left me scared and disgusted to think someone has entered my house and stolen my knickers and bra.

“It makes me feel sick, I no longer wish to live here and am worried about what else he might do.”

Sayer has been remanded in custody until January when he will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.