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Why no arrests after my flat door was kicked in?
A FRIGHTENED man says a gang of youths who tried to kick his door down in the middle of the night should have been arrested.
Officers spoke to the suspects and the 60-year old victim has supplied CCTV evidence, but police have yet to make an arrest following the incident at flats in Broad Street, Worcester, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Peter Carruthers was woken by knocking on his door and then heard loud bangs so called 999 at around 4.05am or shortly afterwards.
Six police officers attended and spoke to two men aged between 18 and 25, although Mr Carruthers says three are visible on the CCTV.
He said police told him the men had admitted knocking on his door but said they were “confused” and were looking for someone called George.
Mr Carruthers later viewed CCTV of the incident, since handed to police, which he says shows them trying to gain entry to his neighbour’s flat before his own.
He said: “All of a sudden the middle youth literally tries to kick in my door using his heavy-duty boots. This happens not once but twice.” Mr Carruthers believes arrests should have been made for breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly behaviour and for attempting to break in to his flat.
He said: “It seems to me like the police couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it.
“I’m now worried about who is going to smash my door in.
“We want to find out who these three idiots are.
“I was petrified that door was going to be pushed in. I could have been mugged, knifed or smashed up.
“I’m angry. I want to know what’s going on. The police have done absolutely nothing and we (himself and his neighbours) want to know why.”
A spokesman for West Mercia Police confirmed officers attended the address at 4.15am on February 23, following a report of someone trying to break into the property.
She said: “On arrival, officers located two men whose details were taken and inquiries were carried out.
“It was established that the men were trying to get into the property in order to speak to someone they knew, but had gone to the wrong address.
“There was no evidence to suggest that they had gone to the address with the intention to carry out a burglary or any other offence once inside the property. No damage was caused at the address.
“However, we have now been handed CCTV footage from the night, which we are currently investigating to see if there are any antisocial behaviour or other offences arising from the incident.”