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I shot burglars to protect my lovely wife. Then police came...
The Sun ^ | 9-9-12 | Andrew Parker

Posted on 09/08/2012 11:05:45 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy

A COUPLE held by police for 66 hours after robbers were shot at their cottage spoke for the first time yesterday about their “living nightmare” following their arrest. Businessman Andy Ferrie, 35, said he opened fire simply to protect his “precious, lovely wife” Tracey.

She revealed she became so terrified after their arrest she thought cops would NEVER release them. And between them, they told of a shocking ordeal in which they were THROWN in separate police cells wearing grey prison-style tracksuits and black plimsolls; GRILLED by cops in a series of interviews; BANNED from talking to each other, and HANDCUFFED for a bewildering court appearance.

Andy told how he “plumbed the depths of despair” when he was told a possible charge against him had been upgraded from GBH to attempted murder.

And he became so anxious he could not eat a single morsel of food.

Tracey, 43, said: “I was completely petrified by the events. Being locked up in a police station cell just yards from my husband but banned from talking to him was agony.

“When I can get some sleep now I wake up with a start and think I’m back in the cell. It’s mortifying and stomach turning.”

Andy and Tracey were woken by the sound of breaking glass just after midnight a week ago at their isolated cottage near Melton Mowbray, Leics.

The panic-stricken pair leapt from their bed — Andy naked and sales rep Tracey in just pants and socks — to find four intruders.

Andy fired at them with a shotgun used for clay pigeon shoots by country sports fan Tracey.

wo men were later arrested after going to hospital for treatment to wounds. Andy, who cannot talk in detail about the events for legal reasons, said: “I was petrified, scared stiff. I only did what any other bloke would have done given the situation. I’m no hero or hard man. I did what I did to protect my precious, lovely wife.

I put my hand on my heart to say I took a calculated shot to scare, hurt and to get people out of my house. I was only a few feet away — I could have shot to kill but I didn’t. Daft as it sounds I was relieved later when I was told the injuries I had caused were not life threatening. The events of the last few days have scarred us for life.”

There was another scare for the couple when armed cops arrived outside. Andy, who has a motorhome repair business, said: “All I could see was shadows in the darkness. I bellowed, ‘How do I know it’s the police — prove it.’ “I was only sure when an officer dressed in what looked like SAS gear approached the window. I saw his hands tap a semi-automatic weapon he was holding and he shone a torch on his badge.

“Me and Tracey were both just overcome with emotion.” Tracey said: “There were police vehicles everywhere and a helicopter with spotlights above us. Our little cottage looked like something out of CSI.”

ut the devoted couple’s ordeal was far from over as they were carted off to the custody block of a nick in Leicester.

Andy, who stands 6ft 3in and is known by friends as a “gentle giant,” said: “The worst part was knowing Tracey was just down the corridor but I couldn’t see her. I kept asking the officers how she was but they just kept saying, ‘She’s fine.’

Going into the little exercise yard where I was told she had just been made me feel a bit better and close to her. I felt like some teenage kid wanting to be near a girl he fancies. It was crazy.” He added: “When I was told my case had been upgraded to attempted murder I just crumpled. I couldn’t believe it and saw myself being sent to prison for a long, long time.

“I was offered food but didn’t eat for the whole 66 hours we were held.”

Tracey said: “Part of the nightmare was going to court in a police van so they could get an extension to carry on questioning. We were with each other but banned from talking.”

She told how they were handcuffed as they entered and left the court building. And she said: “I honestly didn’t think I would be kept in custody at all.

“I did admit to the police I had been holding a crowbar and a torch during what happened so I suppose that was seen as grounds to hold me.

“I’m only 5ft 2in and I freely admitted I would have used it in my own home to protect my husband and myself. I would have had a go.”

She added: “I was in my cell staring at the walls on Tuesday when I heard Andrew being spoken to in his cell. “I heard them say ‘attempted murder’. My heart just froze and I thought things were getting out of control and we were never going to get out.”

But the following day the pair were freed on bail. Hours later police called at the safe house where they are staying to tell them no charges would be brought.

Andy said: “I couldn’t believe it and just hugged Tracey for dear life. It was as if a weight had been lifted from our heads that was slowly crushing us.

“But I still cannot believe the whole thing happened. I’m not sleeping and really don’t feel at all well. I suppose it’s still shock. “I knew I was going to be arrested because I had just shot someone. There was no way round it. But the police were understanding, courteous to us throughout — very professional.”

The couple are hoping to emigrate to Australia to start a new life. Any criminal convictions would have wrecked their chances of visas.

Andy, who admits he became extremely security conscious after a previous unrelated break-in four years ago, said:

“Going to Australia was a dream — now it’s vital. But wherever we live I will have to have bars on the windows.” Tracey said: “I want to live a long way away to help me forget it.”

A man has appeared before magistrates to admit aggravated burglary at the Ferries’ cottage. Another did not enter a plea. Two more men have been freed on bail in connection with the case.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; castle; guns; selfdefence; totallyfup; uk
Follow-up to an earlier story at Free Republic: Farm worker and wife arrested after burglars shot

"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter — but the King of England cannot enter — all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!

-William Pitt the Elder, Speech on the Excise Bill, House of Commons (March 1763).

Some in the modern UK have apparently amended this so burglars and thieves may enter. Fortunately, not quite everyone agrees.

1 posted on 09/08/2012 11:05:49 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy
Major civil rights violation. Spouses have legal privilege.
2 posted on 09/08/2012 11:10:06 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: atomic conspiracy

“The couple are hoping to emigrate to Australia to start a new life. Any criminal convictions would have wrecked their chances of visas.”

That is just so wrong.


3 posted on 09/08/2012 11:15:22 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: atomic conspiracy

Self defense is a crime in a tyranny

Clockwork Orange looks like common sense sometimes


4 posted on 09/08/2012 11:16:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: atomic conspiracy
...he was told a possible charge against him had been upgraded from GBH to attempted murder.

A question for the Brits among us... what is GBH?

5 posted on 09/08/2012 11:27:09 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911

Based on my reading of British mysteries, I believe GBH is something like Grievous Bodily Harm


6 posted on 09/08/2012 11:29:35 PM PDT by december12
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To: atomic conspiracy

ASTOUNDING that anyone there defends their ‘system’. Sure, we have our problems, but in much (a growing) of this country, the cops like it when we plug the bad guys.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 11:53:35 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

It’s little surprise that the pansy English are more concerned with the rights of murderous thugs than they are normal people. Did they expect him to defend himself against four thugs by surrendering himself to them and offering them tea? Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 11:56:12 PM PDT by Objective Scrutator (Liberals will kill your family if they are keeping a Democrat from a Congressional seat)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

Let's not go overboard here.

9 posted on 09/08/2012 11:59:40 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: publius911

Inflction of grevious bodily harm, equivalent to an F4 here. More thanfor a year in prison possible.


10 posted on 09/08/2012 11:59:44 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: publius911

Inflction of grevious bodily harm, equivalent to an F4 here. More than a year in prison possible.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 12:00:58 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
It's a good thing 1776 happened.

Hopefully 2012 will also happen and keep 1776 from being a waste of time.

12 posted on 09/09/2012 12:02:03 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: jocon307

What good is going to Australia? Didn’t they pass a gun control law after that maniac killed 25 people at a tourist vacation spot?


13 posted on 09/09/2012 12:20:29 AM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

Your knowledge of WW II is kinda limited, huh?

14 posted on 09/09/2012 12:25:59 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Objective Scrutator

Huh? Doesn’t sound like the same WWII history I read.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 12:38:47 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

We overran the launch sites and bombed the crap out of Peenemunde and Friedrichshafen, you pretentious wuss.

In any case: the V2 program was an expensive failure and a misallocation of materials that actually served to shorten the war in the Allies favour.

Seriously: you should open a history book instead of serially-masturbating in front of war-films.

16 posted on 09/09/2012 12:56:32 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Doing the work of unionized police, without authorization?


17 posted on 09/09/2012 1:12:29 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: publius911

Great Bodily Harm probably.

When are Brits going to realize you need to kill the criminal, preferably quietly, and just bury them...


18 posted on 09/09/2012 1:35:42 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

"Better to keep silent, and let people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

19 posted on 09/09/2012 1:37:27 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: atomic conspiracy
Where's Guy Fawkes when you need him?


20 posted on 09/09/2012 1:48:21 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (I need a good stiff drink. How 'bout you?)
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To: Objective Scrutator

I suggest you research the following names....

Air Marshall Hugh Dowding
Air Marshall Arthur Harris
Group Captain Douglas Bader
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC
Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire VC
Admiral Sir John Tovey
Admiral Sir Phillip Vian
Admiral James Somerville
Field Marshall Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
Major General Sir Brian Horrocks

I could go on if you wish.....


21 posted on 09/09/2012 1:53:53 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (I need a good stiff drink. How 'bout you?)
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To: cynwoody
Hopefully 2012 will also happen and keep 1776 from being a waste of time.

Agreed - it may seem to be semantics but the difference between citizen and subject is huge. This story is an illustrative example.

22 posted on 09/09/2012 4:31:53 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

Whatever the failings of today's Brits (and we Americans aren't what we used to be), the Brits of 1939-1945 were hardly cowering. They held the NAZI's by themselves for two years, and continued to fight a long and hard 7 years of war. Please refrain from attacks on the honorable dead.

23 posted on 09/09/2012 4:55:15 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Objective Scrutator

>>> Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along. <<<

You may want to read up on the Blitz, and The Battle of Britan before making such a sweeping generalization.


24 posted on 09/09/2012 5:09:31 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Objective Scrutator

You really stepped in it this time...may I suggest history 101...this time stay awake!!!


25 posted on 09/09/2012 5:09:55 AM PDT by ontap
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To: dr_lew

I think it is too late.

“stupid” and “stupidity” entered the English language in 1541. Since then, stupidity has taken place along with “fool,” “idiot,” “dumb,” “moron,” and related concepts as a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful or accidental, due to absence of mental capacity.

Wikipedia


26 posted on 09/09/2012 5:41:02 AM PDT by BilLies
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To: princeofdarkness

Come on down to the Missouri Ozarks.
Fish, deer, turkey and low taxes, plus you can defend yourself.


27 posted on 09/09/2012 5:41:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: princeofdarkness

Yeah, that is a good point.

But I was referring to a criminal conviction interfering with their emigration, it seems wrong to me since Australia was colonize by “transported” British criminals.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 5:48:38 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: atomic conspiracy

Every single individual in the government involved with this should be prosecuted and serve time in prison. No compromise.


29 posted on 09/09/2012 5:48:38 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Uh, you never heard of The Battle of Britain?
30 posted on 09/09/2012 6:17:21 AM PDT by efs111 (Hasta La Vista, Baby!)
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To: Objective Scrutator
Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

There wasn't much that you could do to stop the V2's--the Patriot missile was decades away in the future. All you could do was to try to locate and attack the launch sites, which the Allies did as best they could.

31 posted on 09/09/2012 6:26:20 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Objective Scrutator

Knowing what you are talking about is not one of your strong points, is it?


32 posted on 09/09/2012 6:30:39 AM PDT by sport
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To: agere_contra
In any case: the V2 program was an expensive failure and a misallocation of materials that actually served to shorten the war in the Allies favour.

As to accuracy, the V2 had a circular error probability (CEP), or target area, of 25 miles, making it essentially useless except as a terror weapon. By contrast, the Minuteman III ICBM's CEP is 200 yards.

33 posted on 09/09/2012 6:39:56 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: princeofdarkness
What good is going to Australia?

I had the same question. They should head for Texas or Arizona.

34 posted on 09/09/2012 6:41:59 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

This is what happens when you don’t have the 2nd ammendment.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 9:11:37 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Australia is viewed by many Brits as “more free” but still having the comforts and ‘civility’ of ‘Old Blighty’. They’re wrong, but...


36 posted on 09/09/2012 11:10:15 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: okie01
Your knowledge of WW II is kinda limited, huh?

Forget it. He's rolling.

37 posted on 09/09/2012 11:11:25 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Objective Scrutator
same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.

The first V-2 came in Sept 1944. By then the Brits were 'cowering' with the rest of the Allies in continental Europe. Get a clue and a grip.

38 posted on 09/09/2012 11:43:55 AM PDT by xone
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To: atomic conspiracy
I'm coming late to this thread, but I recall that when this story broke several days ago that there were folks posting from the UK saying "this is perfectly normal procedure, nothing to worry about, these people are in good hands, etc." Now we find out, as many of us suspected from the start, that they were being subjected to a merciless grilling that lasted for days and only escaped being charged with murder by the skin of their teeth.

I don't see those posters on this thread. Funny that.

39 posted on 09/10/2012 7:44:55 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: LukeL
Spouses have legal privilege.

In the USA perhaps. In the UK it seems that only yobs and muzzies have any privileges under the law. Storm a farmhouse? Here's an ASBO. Don't forget to text your counselor once a week. Now run along, we have to deal with the evil homeowner and his horrible gun.

40 posted on 09/10/2012 7:55:44 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: jboot
when this story broke several days ago that there were folks posting from the UK saying "this is perfectly normal procedure, nothing to worry about, these people are in good hands, etc." Now we find out, as many of us suspected from the start, that they were being subjected to a merciless grilling that lasted for days and only escaped being charged with murder by the skin of their teeth.

I don't see those posters on this thread. Funny that.

Well, here's one of them...and only too ready to acknowledge I was wrong. Now these further details have emerged, it's had to imagine that there's anybody over here who would argue that the police actions were not, to put it mildly, excessive. As far as I know we've yet to hear any reasoned explanation from the police themselves, and it's unlikely we will until the prosecutions of the intruders are complete - but given that the main offender has pleaded guilty, that's unlikely to take long.

It's difficult to imagine they'll be able to come up with anything which will prevent a successful action before the Police Complaints Commission, and/or a suit for wrongful arrest. (And in defence of the British system, it ought to be said that such actions are very often successful - the police are far from immune when they get things wrong.)

It would, however, be a mistake to see this case as typical of the way police behave in such situations. As usual, it's the untypical which makes the headlines. For what it's worth, here again are summaries of the rigorously timetabled procedure which provides plenty of checks and balances from the moment somebody is arrested or detained. Assuming these procedures were followed (and the police will be given a hard time if they weren't), it will be interesting to see what grounds they offer to justify the continuing detention. My guess is they will make great play of the fact (as appears to be the case) that the couple chose not to contact the police themselves, so that all they had to go on was whatever story the wounded intruder spun them....

http://www.yourrights.org.uk/yourrights/the-rights-of-suspects/police-powers-of-arrest/treatment-of-suspects-on-arrest.html

http://www.yourrights.org.uk/yourrights/the-rights-of-suspects/police-powers-of-arrest/police-detention.html

41 posted on 09/10/2012 9:32:48 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy
Thank you. I wonder if the police overreacted in this case merely because there was a firearm involved. We've seen stories where very violent acts involving non-firearm weapons-such as glassing-are handled lightly. If the fellow had fought the invaders with a shovel or a rake, would there have been such a vigorous reaction?

(The perception in the US is that Britons have an irrational fear of guns. Case in point: I live very near to a gun shop where the primary stock-in-trade is former "club" guns from the UK. The shop owner bought them en masse when the gun clubs were shuttered. The guns in question are nearly all single-shot target .22s. Many are collector's items of great value. That even in a controlled club setting these guns were regarded as dangerous weapons that needed to be banned is almost incomprehensible.)

42 posted on 09/10/2012 9:54:59 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Winniesboy

Another point worth mentioning is that it might not have happened as the paper reported. My family has personal experience of a tabloid newspaper making stuff up out of thin air about a story to ‘sex up’ an otherwise comparably boring story. And considering this story is from ‘the Sun’, a newspaper for cretins whose intellectual curiosity doesn’t extend much further than a crude appreciation of a jailbait girl’s pert bewbies displayed on page 3, this kind of yarn spinning is exactly the sort of thing they would do to increase their readership and get them going.


43 posted on 09/10/2012 9:55:31 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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