Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Burglar Claimed He Tried to Make a Citizen's Arrest

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Burglar Claimed He Tried to Make a Citizen's Arrest

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Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie.dickinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ABURGLAR went into a dental surgery that had already been broken into "to make a citizen's arrest" - before deciding to see if there was anything he could take himself, a court heard.

When police arrived at Dairy Lane Dental Practice in Houghton-le-Spring in the early hours of October 2, 2017, they found items strewn all over the floor and Damian Foster with a torch in his mouth, wearing Marigold gloves as he searched the premises.

The 29-year-old said he had gone in because he was "trying to make a citizen's arrest" of the real burglar, Newcastle Crown Court heard. He later showed the police footage he had taken on his phone of himself running through the surgery repeatedly shouting "citizen's arrest".

Prosecutor Claire Anderson said: "The footage appears to have been taken much earlier than when police found him, as it's clear from the footage the practice had not been ransacked at that point. The prosecution can't say the defendant was the only person in the property, but his own video shows he was there for a period of time before the police arrived."

The officers who attended the scene found property in bin bags by the door "ready to be taken away" but the court heard it was not clear whether they had been put there before or after Foster arrived. Ms Anderson said when Foster was arrested he told police he had "tried to do a good thing because he'd done bad things in the past", and went into the surgery to make a citizen's arrest when he saw it had been broken into.

She told the court: "He said he put the gloves on because he was worried if his prints were found it would look like he was part of the burglary."

The court heard that Foster also burgled the Isis pub in Sunderland by walking into the cellar and searching for the key to the safe. …

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