Sturminster Newton man calls for drunk intruder to be charged
A STURMINSTER Newton man says he is angry that an early-hours intruder will not be charged.
John Pearson told how he chased the man down the street after he caught him trying to force open a door at his Filbridge Rise home.
He had called the police when he found the man in his conservatory after being woken by his dog at 3.30am.
He claims the intruder had climbed over a fence into his garden and got into the conservatory where he was trying to force a locked door into the rest of the property.
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Mr Pearson, 58, said the man made off but returned a few minutes later and tried again to force his way into the house.
He said: "He was drunk and off his face on something - he was actually growling at my wife.
"I wasn't going to stand and let him break the door down so I chased him.
"I can't run very well but I followed him and eventually he ran into the arms of the police who had just arrived."
He said he was angry when police later told him the man would be taken home and not charged with any offence relating to the 23rd February incident.
Mr Pearson said: "It beggars belief.
"This man broke a fence panel, damaged two tool boxes that were in the conservatory and was trying to break open another door into my home.
"My wife was terrified and she is still too frightened to come downstairs in the night.
"I find it abhorrent that this guy is getting away with it.
"I can't understand why he is not charged with breaking and entering or something similar.
"The officers who came here were very good and they were here quickly when I called them.
"But I couldn't believe it when they told me he wasn't being charged.
"As I see it he was drunk and trespassing. He should be charged.
"He should have to suffer the consequences of getting drunk and going out.
"This could have been a lot worse if he'd done this at another house - it could have happened to an old person.
"It was just as well my back door was locked and bolted."
Mr Pearson said he understood the man - aged in his late 20s - had been at a party in Sturminster Newton and came from the Henstridge area.
He added: "The police told me the man thought it was his own house he was trying to get into.
"He offered to give £10 for any damage - I told them I didn't want it."
Inspector Shawn Whitley, North Dorset Neighbourhood Inspector, said: "I will be looking into what happened and will contact Mr Pearson afterwards."