Abergavenny Tyres owner Andrew Woodhouse said he would tackle intruders again after being cleared of GBH

Have-a-go Abergavenny tyre boss would take on thieves again

THIEF: Kevin Green was left with three broken limbs

CLEARED: Andrew Woodhouse at his business in Llanfoist

NO OTHER WAY:Andrew Woodhouse

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A DAD cleared of GBH after trying to detain two thieves who raided his family business said he would take on intruders again.

Andrew Woodhouse, who owns Abergavenny Tyres, was found not guilty of using unlawful violence against Kevin Green who stole diesel from his yard and was left with three broken limbs.

Yesterday a defiant Mr Woodhouse, 44, said he regretted the injuries caused to Green in a struggle, but if thieves struck another time he would again try to apprehend them with a citizen’s arrest.

Mr Woodhouse said he tried to detain the men, but was hit with a piece of wood and knocked down by one of them before he managed to wrestle it from them and hit them back.

He told the Argus: “All I was doing was hitting, I was hitting everything. I regret the damage that I’ve done to Mr Green but if I didn’t do what I did that night I don’t know what would have happened – it could have been me dead in the corner. I don’t think they would have phoned the police and waited for the police to come, like I waited for the police.

“To deserving it - if they weren’t carrying a weapon this would never have happened.”

“I’ve looked back over these last ten months and there’s no other way I could have dealt with that night, unless I let them get away with what they were doing. They wouldn’t have stopped and let me have my diesel back if I didn’t do what I did.”

After a burglar alarm went off at just after midnight on March 26 last year, Mr Woodhouse, of Blaenavon Road, Govilon, got out of bed and drove the two miles to his yard in Llanfoist where he heard voices.

Mr Woodhouse, father to Joshua, Chay-Tyrell, Mikeal, Taezer and Kesarai, (all corr) chased Green and another thief Timothy Cross and caught up with them in a nearby housing estate, intending to get back his stolen jerry cans of diesel and detain the two until police arrived.

He fought with the pair and after Green fell to the ground, Cross ran away, returning with another piece of wood which he threw at Mr Woodhouse.

He gave chase and caught and pinned down Cross.

Mr Woodhouse's wife Lisa followed her husband to the scene and he shouted to her to call 999.

When PC Aime McSherry arrived, Mr Woodhouse had Cross pinned down and handed him over to her. PC McSherry then found Green lying under a duvet on the ground on Samuel Salter Close, Llanfoist, asking for an ambulance as his legs had been broken.

In a police interview he said he was “gutted” to learn the extent of 53-year-old Green’s injuries. He needed several operations and still uses crutches.

Mr Woodhouse said since his acquittal, he has received non-stop phone calls from people congratulating him on the result, with strangers even offering to pay his legal costs.

But he declined, despite saying: “It’s been a burden financially but you just have to work through it and make it work, that’s what you do if you’re self employed.”

He said: “If I could change something I would, but I don’t think I could change anything that happened that night. If they hadn’t had a weapon, none of this would have happened. Perhaps I would have had my diesel back, apprehended one of them and the police would have arrived and took one away or took two away.

“In the heat of the moment, them getting away – I don’t think the police would have come quickly enough to apprehend them so I thought I had to recover my own stuff."

He praised the justice system but added: “I think they have to look harder into the law. I’m not saying we should have all the rights, we can’t just go around doing what we want, but if people come into your property committing a crime, thieving or whatever, vandalising, I think they deserve what they get.

"If a thief comes in with a weapon I think people are entitled to use whatever means they want to disarm that thief and whatever the consequences are, they are. If they’re armed, what do they expect is going to happen to them?”

In a normal year, Mr Woodhouse said he would expect around a dozen thefts - with thieves on one occasion making off with between £15,000 and £25,000 worth of goods. “Since this thing, nothing else has been stolen. Funny that isn’t it? So some good has come of it,” Mr Woodhouse said.

He described the trial as an “ordeal” but praised the judge and jury and acknowledged that “the police have got a hard job to do” but said the CPS should have examined the evidence more closely.

His wife of 29 years Lisa Woodhouse said after the verdict the family had double cause for celebration as it was Kesarai's 11th birthday party.

She added: “At the end of the day, Andrew didn’t want that to happen. He did what he thought was right - it was either them or him.”

A Facebook page called 'Support Andrew Woodhouse' had attracted more than 5,000 likes by yesterday evening and he said he wanted to thank everyone for their support.

It took a jury just 25 minutes to find Mr Woodhouse not guilty of both causing GBH and causing GBH with intent by unanimous verdicts on Wednesday.

Green and Cross admitted theft and were each fined £75 by magistrates.

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7:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Magor says...

Lucky he is not in Iran,they would be taking them off.
Lucky he is not in Iran,they would be taking them off. Magor
  • Score: 14

8:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

CynicalAndJaded says...

Mr Woodhouse, I salute you for your bravery and integrity. For once, justice was served all round.
Mr Woodhouse, I salute you for your bravery and integrity. For once, justice was served all round. CynicalAndJaded
  • Score: 35

8:34pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ExNewport says...

Looks painful Mr Green but I'm sure you will get better. Maybe you will think twice about stealing the property of honest, hard-working, people again?
Looks painful Mr Green but I'm sure you will get better. Maybe you will think twice about stealing the property of honest, hard-working, people again? ExNewport
  • Score: 36

8:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Fingers On The Pulse says...

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  • Score: 0

8:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Fingers On The Pulse says...

Good on Mr Woodhouse. Total farce that it got to court in the first place. You turn up armed on somebody elses property, you deserve whatever you get in my book. Great bit of karma, legs smashed by your own piece of wood. Not that it would have taken much to break those sparrow legs!
Good on Mr Woodhouse. Total farce that it got to court in the first place. You turn up armed on somebody elses property, you deserve whatever you get in my book. Great bit of karma, legs smashed by your own piece of wood. Not that it would have taken much to break those sparrow legs! Fingers On The Pulse
  • Score: 29

9:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

koifisher says...

Why don't they make them pay all court costs too , if it wasn't for them stealing. Mr woodhouse wouldn't of been in court ,,
Why don't they make them pay all court costs too , if it wasn't for them stealing. Mr woodhouse wouldn't of been in court ,, koifisher
  • Score: 26

9:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

rightsideup says...

SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?.
SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?. rightsideup
  • Score: -5

10:29pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ej1986 says...

well done mr woodhouse pity you didnt catch mr cross and break his legs too makes me sick trying to make a living and support your family and the likes of these 2 low lifes feel they have a right to break into your property.Bet they regret it now
well done mr woodhouse pity you didnt catch mr cross and break his legs too makes me sick trying to make a living and support your family and the likes of these 2 low lifes feel they have a right to break into your property.Bet they regret it now ej1986
  • Score: 19

10:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Steffyboy says...

Well done finally a bit of justice for the hardworking man I bet the £75 fines are being paid for through benefits so in the long-run we pay the fine they prob pay a few quid a week.. Oh well one less beer a week for them SCUMBAGS!!
Well done finally a bit of justice for the hardworking man I bet the £75 fines are being paid for through benefits so in the long-run we pay the fine they prob pay a few quid a week.. Oh well one less beer a week for them SCUMBAGS!! Steffyboy
  • Score: 23

1:53am Fri 24 Jan 14

cjwales1 says...

£75 fine what a joke !!!!!!!!! they broke the law and should have had custodial sentences !!!!!!!!
£75 fine what a joke !!!!!!!!! they broke the law and should have had custodial sentences !!!!!!!! cjwales1
  • Score: 15

1:55am Fri 24 Jan 14

cjwales1 says...

Also the nurses that placed the plaster should have embossed ' Thieving Scumbag' into the cast for everyone to see !!!!!
Also the nurses that placed the plaster should have embossed ' Thieving Scumbag' into the cast for everyone to see !!!!! cjwales1
  • Score: 17

11:30am Fri 24 Jan 14

barrie says...

rightsideup wrote:
SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?.
So everyone can recognise this thieving scum bag. Shame he didn't break his neck. This photo should be put up in every shop where he lives so that they can keep an eye on him
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?.[/p][/quote]So everyone can recognise this thieving scum bag. Shame he didn't break his neck. This photo should be put up in every shop where he lives so that they can keep an eye on him barrie
  • Score: 15

12:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Quote
' In a normal year, Mr Woodhouse said he would expect around a dozen thefts - with thieves on one occasion making off with between £15,000 and £25,000 worth of goods. “Since this thing, nothing else has been stolen. Funny that isn’t it? So some good has come of it,” Mr Woodhouse said. '

Well what a fine Police force the people of Abergavenny have, I can see them doing such a marvellous job at catching criminals, value for money for the decent honest hard working people like Andrew, he should have a rebate now from his Council Tax that pays part of it to the Gwent Police force plus an apology for not protecting his property and compensation for all his loses in the stupid court case brought on by another load of incompetent lot called the CPS ! what in the world am I paying my Taxes for to Employ these people ????????????????????
??????????,,,Grrrr !
I hope the Police commissioner acts on this force in that area and come down on them like a ton of bricks !
Quote ' In a normal year, Mr Woodhouse said he would expect around a dozen thefts - with thieves on one occasion making off with between £15,000 and £25,000 worth of goods. “Since this thing, nothing else has been stolen. Funny that isn’t it? So some good has come of it,” Mr Woodhouse said. ' Well what a fine Police force the people of Abergavenny have, I can see them doing such a marvellous job at catching criminals, value for money for the decent honest hard working people like Andrew, he should have a rebate now from his Council Tax that pays part of it to the Gwent Police force plus an apology for not protecting his property and compensation for all his loses in the stupid court case brought on by another load of incompetent lot called the CPS ! what in the world am I paying my Taxes for to Employ these people ???????????????????? ??????????,,,Grrrr ! I hope the Police commissioner acts on this force in that area and come down on them like a ton of bricks ! Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 7

12:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

p stani says...

I love that photo,stick a top hat on him he will look like Bertie Basset.The liqourice allsorts man.
I love that photo,stick a top hat on him he will look like Bertie Basset.The liqourice allsorts man. p stani
  • Score: 12

12:41pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

CynicalAndJaded wrote:
Mr Woodhouse, I salute you for your bravery and integrity. For once, justice was served all round.
I second that one and would shake his hand...We need more like Mr Woodhouse I think he should go into politics to sort out this soft Country on crime for us,,,,,and nice to see the faces of the criminals in this paper so when they walk the streets we No who you are and what you are,,,,,SCUM !
Best thing for them is to move away to SCUM LAND and take your SCUM friends too or maybe they will get the same treatment !
[quote][p][bold]CynicalAndJaded[/bold] wrote: Mr Woodhouse, I salute you for your bravery and integrity. For once, justice was served all round.[/p][/quote]I second that one and would shake his hand...We need more like Mr Woodhouse I think he should go into politics to sort out this soft Country on crime for us,,,,,and nice to see the faces of the criminals in this paper so when they walk the streets we No who you are and what you are,,,,,SCUM ! Best thing for them is to move away to SCUM LAND and take your SCUM friends too or maybe they will get the same treatment ! Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 11

2:29pm Fri 24 Jan 14

blaina says...

well done should have broke hios arms aswell pity the other one didnt get the same
well done should have broke hios arms aswell pity the other one didnt get the same blaina
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Fri 24 Jan 14

mrh35 says...

Great pic total humiliation for this scum everyone look and remember him...what pathetic look no doubt was hoping to win the case and gain compo well unlucky river rat...
Great pic total humiliation for this scum everyone look and remember him...what pathetic look no doubt was hoping to win the case and gain compo well unlucky river rat... mrh35
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jimmysmith says...

rightsideup wrote:
SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?.
why not .andrew and his family have had to endure ten months of seeing his picture in newspapers etc with a suggestion that hes a criminal whilst hes running a business and trying to secure ongoing contracts to keep himself his sons and other employees in work .so you tell me why shouldnt this thieving piece of garbage have his mug in the argus. and let every one see who the real criminal is .its a pity the press couldnt have got a pic of a certain person riding back and forth over the river bridge every day a month or so ago but then again the cyclist had a hoodie on
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: SWA-why include a photo of Kevin Green?.[/p][/quote]why not .andrew and his family have had to endure ten months of seeing his picture in newspapers etc with a suggestion that hes a criminal whilst hes running a business and trying to secure ongoing contracts to keep himself his sons and other employees in work .so you tell me why shouldnt this thieving piece of garbage have his mug in the argus. and let every one see who the real criminal is .its a pity the press couldnt have got a pic of a certain person riding back and forth over the river bridge every day a month or so ago but then again the cyclist had a hoodie on jimmysmith
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Leepod says...

I applauded you Mr Woodhouse, if you ever come in my local there's a pint on the table for you Sir.
I applauded you Mr Woodhouse, if you ever come in my local there's a pint on the table for you Sir. Leepod
  • Score: 2

11:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

ej1986 says...

p stani wrote:
I love that photo,stick a top hat on him he will look like Bertie Basset.The liqourice allsorts man.
haha
[quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: I love that photo,stick a top hat on him he will look like Bertie Basset.The liqourice allsorts man.[/p][/quote]haha ej1986
  • Score: 0

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