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Judge praises man for bringing to justice serial burglar.

Would ya look at this.

At least the judge was one with his head on right.
But the kops could have handled this better. Don’t ya think?

I really haven’t the words on this, so I’ll leave it to you.

Man who tracked down burglar after £3,000 raid on his home was reprimanded by police and told he could be prosecuted for threatening witnesses

Joseph Ingham decided to track down burglar who raided his home

Offered ‘cash reward’ for identification of suspect

Called burglar and threatened to ransack his home to retrieve belongings

Initially ‘criticised by police for potentially jeopardizing case’

Judge praises him for bringing to justice serial burglar Dean Harris

By Chris Brooke

When £3,000 of valuables were stolen from his family home, Joseph Ingham feared police would regard the burglary as another crime statistic and do little to identify the culprit.

So the determined father-of-two turned detective himself and used his initiative to track down the burglar and recover his possessions within three hours.

But when Mr Ingham, 32, returned home triumphantly with his spoils he was threatened with arrest, ‘treated like a criminal’ and told off by police officers still taking a statement from his wife about the burglary.

However, his actions were vindicated when he was later praised by a judge for successfully having ‘a go.’

His evidence proved crucial in convicting serial burglar Dean Harris, 43, who was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Hull Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Ingham, a builder, was given Harris’s name after he offered a cash ‘reward’ for information and he persuaded Harris to hand over the stolen goods by threatening to ransack his home in retribution.

Judge Michael Mettyear told the court: ‘I am sorry to say Mr Ingham has shown other people how to investigate a case. I may not approve of all his behaviour.

‘The police are not able to use his methods, but at least he gave it a go and made all the inquiries. He brought to justice a persistent long-term burglar.’

Mr Ingham launched his DIY investigation in May after receiving a phone call from his wife Rachel, 33, to tell him their home had been ransacked and burgled.

Mr Ingham said: ‘I did what anyone should have done. I was so angry that my house had been burgled and I was not insured.

‘I knew I would never hear the last of it from my girls and my wife was so upset. Bridlington is not that big a place and I just thought where do you go but the roughest estate. People know each other in this town.’

The court heard Mr Ingham decided to visit a bail hostel for criminals and promised £20 to a resident for information.

The man admitted he had been offered some matching computer equipment minutes earlier on the phone and gave the name of Dean Harris and the housing estate where he lived.

Mr Ingham said: ‘When I got back home initially the police treated me like a criminal because of the way I got my stuff back.’

After explaining what he had done, the police officers criticised him for threatening a witness and offering the £20 ‘reward’ for information.

‘They were threatening to arrest me. They were saying I had ruined the investigation. I was dumbfounded by their attitude. I only did what every normal person would do.’

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12 Previous and the scum is out and about?  Why isn’t he dead?  We can only hope one day soon he will overdose.


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