When farmer Clifford Pearson was attacked by an intruder in his bathroom in the early hours, he acted instinctively and wrestled him to the ground.
Despite being naked, the 48-year-old held on to the man for ten minutes until police, who had been alerted by his girlfriend’s 999 call, arrived at the farmhouse.Whew! It all turned out for the best, then?
But the couple were horrified to be told 12 hours later that the 20-year-old intruder had been given only a caution for common assault and was not being taken to court or punished further.Huh..?
Officers attempted to justify the decision by saying it was the man’s first offence, he had a ‘good job in the Army’, had no recollection of what he did and was intoxicated at the time.Hmmmm, have they got so fed up of the defence’s excuses, they’ve just decided to cut out the middle man?
Or is this man perhaps known to someone in the North Yorkshire Police farce?
Police said they could not charge the man with burglary because there was no evidence of intent.How about the assault, then? Do you just get a caution for that, these days?
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘We have every sympathy for Mr Pearson and his partner.’Well, that’s nice. I’m sure they are very reassured that – should chummy return – you’ll be full of sympathy as you stand over their corpses…