An estate agent who caught an intruder trying to barge his way into his home has slammed police after they let the suspect go without charge.
Tim Ferris, 53, was woken at 2.30am by his labrador Sparky barking and found the man, believed to be in his 40s, in his rear porch using his shoulder to try and enter the £850,000 detached property near Maidstone, Kent.
Mr Ferris managed to lock the alleged burglar into the porch before calling police.
‘Then they said he had mistakingly been trying to get into the wrong house – but I heard him tell them he lived about 15 miles away.
‘If he genuinely believed it was his house, why did he creep past two doors towards the back and try to shoulder-barge his way in.
‘Surely everybody else would use a key? All our lights were off at the time, so I imagine he thought we were away.’
The intruder had clambered over an electric 4ft 6in-high gate, crossed a gravel drive and ignored the barking dog.
Mr Ferris said: ‘That seems like an awful lot of effort for somebody who has gone to the wrong house.
‘I was furious when the police phoned me the following morning to say they were releasing him because he had not done anything wrong.
‘It was a farce. If he was going to a party nearby, whose party was it? – It certainly wasn’t with any of my neighbours.
‘It doesn’t look like the police asked many questions or made much of an effort to investigate the case.
‘This was despite the fact I had caught the guy red-handed and detained him.
‘I offered to give a statement and had done most of the officers’ work. Their excuses for not charging him are lame.
‘What is the point in trying to protect your home if the police do not back you and let would-be burglars walk away scot-free?’
Mr Ferris added that it took officers 25 minutes to respond to his call and that when they did arrive they told him they were already late finishing their shift and could not take a statement from him until the morning.
Kent police said they are carrying out a review of how the case was handled following a compliant made by Mr Ferris.
A spokesman said: ‘A man was arrested at the scene but later released without charge.
‘Following a complaint, we are currently carrying out a full review of the incident.
‘We will be working with Mr Ferris to resolve his dissatisfaction with the service he received.’