Stowmarket: Couple find drunk man asleep on the floor of their nursery next to baby daughter - but police could not arrest him because he had not committed a criminal offence

Drunk man found asleep on floor next to baby's cot Drunk man found asleep on floor next to baby's cot

Matt Hunter matt.hunter@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:37 AM

A young family has spoken of their shock after police said they could not arrest a stranger who was found sleeping next to their nine-month-old baby in the middle of the night.

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When Jordan Lee, 26, from Kent Road, Stowmarket, woke up to check on his daughter, Cerisyn, he did not expect to see a drunk man asleep by her cot.

He quickly picked his daughter up while his girlfriend, Leanne Thompson, 22, dialled 999 at around 5am on Saturday.

Police arrived, examined the man’s identification and checked the first-floor flat for signs of a break-in.

Miss Thompson, who works behind the bar at Stowmarket Town Football Club, said: “Jordan said there was someone in her room and I said ‘don’t be silly’. Jordan grabbed the baby while I rang the police straight away. It was such a shock. He should not have been in my house.”

But the officers’ search found no signs of forced entry, criminal damage or theft. The man was brought to his feet and escorted off the property but was not arrested.

Miss Thompson said: “He has not been arrested, he has not been told he has done anything wrong. I know they had to do it by the book but in my own personal opinion I do not feel safe in my own house.

“I do not think I will be able to come to work for a couple of months because I do not want to leave my baby.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed the events and said the officers had explained why they could not arrest the man.

She said: “As well as checking for any forced entry, criminal damage, theft or any other criminal offences, a Section 1 PACE search was carried out on the man to establish who he was and whether he had any property on him to validate who he stated he was.

“Subsequent checks were carried out via the control room to check whether the man had any previous convictions.

“Police were satisfied that no criminal offences had taken place and as the civil offence of trespass had been committed officers were able to remove the man from the house.”

Miss Thompson has now started a petition calling for a change in the law.

19 comments

  • Maybe it's time they learned how their door locks work?

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Re -: Beerlover...so if someone leaves there door unlocked it gives an unwelcome person the right to enter? no it doesn't!! If i ever found an intruder in my house let alone in my children's room they wouldn't be leaving in the same state as they came in that's for sure.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @beerlover? well that is a good way of showing public decency, if it was you and it was your family put at risk I wonder if you would have the same views. as for the story why on earth cant they charge him he violated privacy, he was in the house with out consent surely that alone is an offence? what would have happened if the father woke up as the offender was entering the house and he defended his family and property, just think its early in the morning your not fully alert and he see an intruder? natural instinct would be to protect your family and property, if he would have confronted him with force let me guess the father would be prosecuted for assault. its wrong the intruder was in a property without consent so much for the new laws on protecting your home and family.

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    J.O

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I'd agree with a law change, you shouldn't be able to enter someones home just because it's unlocked. HOWEVER, how stupid do you have to be in todays day and age to leave your doors unlocked? What if someone had taken the child! Lock your doors people!

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    RC

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • ME. I agree the lock it lose campaign is just another excuse to shift the blame from the perpetrator to the victim and the law should be changed. I can only imagine what would have happened if the father had catch the person entering the property and it scares me as the intruder had allegedly not committed any offence, but as ME has pointed out drunk and disorderly is an offence (or is just an offence if you are outside in the street quietly stumbling to the ground or starting a fight with a lamp post) and not in another persons home uninvited causing distress to the family. @ LS well I thought trespass was an offence but I guess it is only an offence if you get someone who wants to be burdened with paperwork or are wealthy enough to have the right connections and privileges. @ IM RIGHT YOUR NOT, I can totally understand your views, as I said in my first post it is natural instinct to protect your family and property from an uninvited guest? but we all know that the sad fact is, even though the new laws supposedly protect you from prosecution as your home has been violated, I feel you would be bought up on charges because the intruder Allegedly committed no offence and was of previous good character, but I know that most of the population would agree with your views. @RICHARD what world do you live in. Yes millions of people lock there doors but I myself and probably millions of people have at sometime forgot to lock the door after a long day at work then sorting the family out at night, I've even been known to leave the keys on the outside getting the shopping in bundling the kids through the door all at once? but my neighbours have a community spirit and have let me know, and before anyone says it is irresponsible think about it we have all done it. So all those people blaming the parents it is not there fault it was an oversight which I can guarantee most of the population would have done at sometime in there life. The bottom line is the intruder should not have been in the house, he has committed an offence in any normal persons eyes, being it trespass drunk and disorderly. The police saw fit to let him go without charge, anyone in a property with out invitation should not be there and should be arrested. again it is a sad fact that the victim is now at fault not the intruder, when will the onus shift back to the perpetrators? let me guess never it is to much paperwork.

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    J.O

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Is trespass not an offence any more?

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    L S

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Re -: Beerlover...so if someone leaves there door unlocked it gives an unwelcome person the right to enter? no it doesn't!! If i ever found an intruder in my house let alone in my children's room they wouldn't be leaving in the same state as they came in that's for sure.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I'd agree with a law change, you shouldn't be able to enter someones home just because it's unlocked. HOWEVER, how stupid do you have to be in todays day and age to leave your doors unlocked? What if someone had taken the child! Lock your doors people!

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    RC

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Thank u all for ur support I hope this never happens to anyone els me and my partner feel so alone we finally had the courage to come home today after a week of the event but to be shocked that at half 7 tonite the bloke was outside my house I cant go to sleep iv got my mum asleep on my child's floor the police can't do anything we have come to the decision tonite that we are gonna have to move and we are both gonba have to give our jobs up and start again I'm so agree that my family are suffering while that bloke gets away scot free me and partners now have to find the money to move and get new jobs and the police social and council don't care they said its a one off event but if this is so y is he outside my house a week later

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    Leanne Thompson

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Here's a idea, i find locking my doors at night and when I go out it works for me and millions of other people,

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    richard

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • im right your not .[you must have used a bren gun in your time , or did your finger get stuck. it is a pity he did not use your house for a kip.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Re -: Beerlover...so if someone leaves there door unlocked it gives an unwelcome person the right to enter? no it doesn't!! If i ever found an intruder in my house let alone in my children's room they wouldn't be leaving in the same state as they came in that's for sure.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • it is sad to here you have to move house, if it was the same man outside did you report him? surely he knows the distress he has caused this could be bordering on harassment. I strongly suggest you follow up with the authority's why should you have to upset your whole life for someone who seems to have no concept of public decency or any respect for community. also contact your local MP to help you they have a duty to respond to any reasonable request of help and to be fair if your MP is astute he would be able to see the ramifications and political stance on the subject. as you can see there is a wide and varied debate on the topic.

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    J.O

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Why wasn't their door locked? Scary, I'm sure, but it sounds like a drunk who just got the wrong flat...

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    Fi, Stowmarket

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Thank u all for ur support I hope this never happens to anyone els me and my partner feel so alone we finally had the courage to come home today after a week of the event but to be shocked that at half 7 tonite the bloke was outside my house I cant go to sleep iv got my mum asleep on my child's floor the police can't do anything we have come to the decision tonite that we are gonna have to move and we are both gonba have to give our jobs up and start again I'm so agree that my family are suffering while that bloke gets away scot free

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    Leanne Thompson

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Miss Thompson, you should start a petition on downing streets website and get as much coverage as you can, contact your local MP and make him aware of your petition and circumstances behind it.

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    J.O

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Awareness Campaigns like "lock it or lose it" should never have become " lock it or serves you right"! I agree with J.O.No one should have the right to enter your home uninvited. While this sounds like it was an "innocent" mistake by a drunk man, Is drunk and disorderly not a criminal offence. Surely waking up in a baby's bedroom that you don't know must come under that somewhere!!! I wasn't aware that leaving your door unlocked was an meant that anyone can come in to my home, neither was I aware that trespass is only a civil offence. I agree the law should be changed!

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    ME

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Is trespass not an offence any more?

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    L S

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Re -: Beerlover...so if someone leaves there door unlocked it gives an unwelcome person the right to enter? no it doesn't!! If i ever found an intruder in my house let alone in my children's room they wouldn't be leaving in the same state as they came in that's for sure.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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