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Victim to Cops, I have a burglar here. Help!  Cops, Hang on there,, see you in Two Days.

Ok it wasn’t 100% exactly as I wrote the headline but close enough. Cops did say two days to respond.

I don’t understand the judge saying what he did was wrong though.  Don’t they have citizens arrests here in UK?
Anyway, vigilante justice works.

Interesting too that it is said here that this was the burglars first time.  That we know of anyway. Sure. Now.  Anyone for seconds once they learns the ropes?

Well at least the shop owner wasn’t sent to jail. That’s something anyway.

Shop owner needs to get a junk yard dog.


Judge spares businessman who kidnapped burglar after police told him: ‘We can’t come for two days’

By DAVID WILKES
Last updated at 3:38 PM on 24th March 2009

A businessman who kidnapped a burglar has been spared jail after a judge accepted he was ‘driven to distraction’ by repeated break-ins.

Building firm boss Sean Preson, 41, dialled 999 after spotting four intruders attacking a bungalow he was modernising, but after being told an officer would not be sent to see him for two days, then set about catching them himself.

He and an employee captured one of the culprits, an 18 year old, that night and forced him to direct them to the home of another, aged 29, where a skirmish took place, a court heard.

The police later arrested the ‘vigilantes’.

Married father-of-three Preson was charged with kidnap, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of life in jail.

He admitted the charge, but walked free from Leicester Crown Court after being given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge Michael Pert QC said: ‘I’m prepared to treat your case as an exception.

‘I accept you were driven to distraction by people constantly burgling your premises.

‘The fact you called the police and were told they’d send someone to see you in two days, in my judgement, it would give anybody pause for thought. Anyone would be sympathetic to the position you found yourself in.

‘I cannot accept what you did was right, but whether your conduct warrants you being sent to prison, in my view, it doesn’t.’

The 18 year old and the 29 year old were each cautioned for theft. A 28-year-old woman was also cautioned, and a 24-year-old man who was charged with attempted theft was given a 12 month conditional discharge at an earlier hearing.

Preson, of Huncote, Leicestershire, was driving his family home from a restaurant last August and spotted trespassers trying to steal floodlights and CCTV equipment from the site. The building had been repeatedly raided to the cost of £4,500, during the previous six months.

Preson stopped to confront one of the intruders, who was wielding a screwdriver, and disarmed him. The man escaped in a car, two others hid and another ran off.

He then went to his home nearby and rang the police, who, he claims. told him it would probably be two days before an officer was sent to investigate.

Preson informed the operator he would handle the matter himself and met up with one of his employees, Ashley Shepherd, 25.

The pair then tracked down the 18 year old, who had fled on foot to the nearby village of Croft, said James House, prosecuting. Shepherd knocked him to the ground while Preson stood nearby holding a crowbar.

They then drove him back to the bungalow, where they questioned him and Shepherd sprayed him with window-cleaning fluid.

The teenager gave the men the address of the 29 year old in Earl Shilton, near Hinckley, who was duly dragged out his home in a headlock by Shepherd.

The teenage trespasser, who suffered minor injuries during the drama, was then bundled back into the men’s van and driven home while pleading with Preson not to tell his parents what he had done.

Preson, who did not call the police again while he had the youth in the van, was arrested the next day.

Adrienne Lucking, defending, handed the judge 40 references and testimonials in support of Preson at sentencing on Friday.

She said: ‘He accepts it was wrong to take the law into his own hands.’

After the hearing, 5ft 5in Preson said: ‘I’m a law-abiding person. We were the victims who now come away as criminals while the culprits get off scot-free.

‘We were effecting a citizen’s arrest and it’s ended up putting us through seven months of hell.

‘All I was trying to do was to protect my property. I wasn’t happy with the police disinterest and I said “If you’re not coming, I’m going to look for them myself.”

‘We only detained the youth for about an hour, whereas I was put in a cell for 36 hours.

‘I understand the lad was in fear, but I believe if someone goes on your property without you permission they should be prepared for what may happen to them.

‘I’ve always supported what Tony Martin did. An Englishman’s house is his castle.

‘I acted out of frustration. On reflection, I don’t think I’d handle it quite same way again.’

Shepherd, also of Huncote, admitted assault and was also given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours’ unpaid work.

Neither he nor Preson has previous convictions.

Yesterday a Leicestershire Police spokesman said Preson misinterpreted their response to his call.

‘We have reviewed the recording of this call and while the defendant was asked what his availability was over the next two days he was clearly told that the incident was prioritised for officers to attend that night,’ the spokesman said.

‘It was established during the call that these intruders had left the scene 20 minutes prior to the call being made and there was no immediate risk of harm.

‘Officers were assigned to deal with the incident 50 minutes after the call was received but were diverted to deal with reports of an assault, which we later established related to offences that the two defendants (Sean Preson and Ashley Shepherd) admitted to in court.

‘We do not condone taking the law into your own hands as it can have serious consequences. Four people were subsequently dealt with for the initial theft of the lighting equipment.’

Police sources confirmed none of those four has previous convictions for theft.

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