Furious police chief launches misconduct probe into his own officers after they let off burglar with just a warning
A police chief has condemned his own force for letting a house burglar off with a warning.
Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable of Essex Police, said he was â€˜staggeredâ€™ by the officersâ€™ decision to give a caution for the offence and has launched a misconduct investigation.
Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle is furious that his officers gave a burglar a caution and let him off with a warning
Ireneusz Blaszczyk broke into the house in Essex in November last year, stealing cash, belongings including jewellery and cameras and unwrapping the familyâ€™s Christmas presents.
The 23-year-old Pole handed himself in after a police appeal but, despite confessing to the burglary, was offered a caution â€“ meaning he would not face trial.
Homeowner David Cable said: â€˜We want a bit of justice. The guy broke into our house, ransacked it and didnâ€™t even get a fine.â€™
Mr Barker-McCardle has referred three of his officers to the forceâ€™s Professional Standards Department, sent case files to the CPS and written to the local branch of the Magistratesâ€™ Association.