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Offline Maik

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How many criminals here?
« on: Thursday, 23 January, 2014 @ 15:30:11 »
A businessman who attacked two burglars he caught red-handed in a night-time raid was arrested himself for defending his property, a court heard.

Landscape gardener Andrew Woodhouse, 44, was on trial facing assault charges on the two raiders he found stealing diesel from his business.

A jury heard how Woodhouse grabbed a fence post one was carrying as a weapon and used it to fight back against them.

The father-of-five - who says he has repeatedly been a victim of crime at his gardening company - detained the two burglars until police arrived.

But the court was told it was Woodhouse who was then arrested and accused of using excessive force.

The thieves ended up with £75 fines but Woodhouse could face a sentence of life imprisonment if he is found guilty of attacking them.

Kevin Green, 53, and Timothy Cross, 32, tried to escape into a neighbouring field with jerry cans full of stolen fuel.

But Woodhouse chased Green and caught him near their getaway car. He then attacked Green leaving him with two broken legs and a broken arm.

The court heard Green is still using crutches ten months after the incident in March last year.

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« Last Edit: Thursday, 23 January, 2014 @ 15:41:44 by Maik »

Offline pete.c

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Re: How many criminals here?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 23 January, 2014 @ 16:57:10 »
The odd thing is the police use excessive force all the time, and get away with it time and time again. Recent example of my local police here.

« Last Edit: Thursday, 23 January, 2014 @ 17:01:53 by pete.c »