Sorry, DNA and CCTV isn’t enough for a pros­e­cu­tion

Sa­lon owner’s fury as CPS re­fuses to take break-in sus­pects to court

Daily Mail - - Life - By Claire Duf­fin claire.duf­[email protected]­ly­mail.co.uk

A Hair sa­lon owner has hit out af­ter po­lice shelved an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a break-in he re­ported – de­spite him pro­vid­ing damn­ing CCTV im­ages and blood found at the scene.

David White handed footage to of­fi­cers which showed a man try­ing to force open a win­dow at the sa­lon with a crow­bar af­ter the bur­glary in June.

Two sus­pects were ar­rested but were later re­leased with­out charge – and Mr White has now been told no fur­ther ac­tion will be taken. Pros­e­cu­tors said that, re­al­is­ti­cally, the ev­i­dence was in­suf­fi­cient to achieve a con­vic­tion.

Mr White, 60, who has run Whites hair and Beauty in Glen­field, near Le­ices­ter, for 19 years, said the value of the items taken – some hair prod­ucts – was nom­i­nal. But he added: ‘That’s not the point. We have CCTV, we have pho­tos and we have blood.

‘What else do they need? Things like this af­fect peo­ple’s lives and make them feel down.’

Mr White had in­stalled the se­cu­rity cam­era just a few weeks ear­lier af­ter a pre­vi­ous un­re­lated bur­glary. The cam­era then caught the two sa­lon bur­glars red-handed, car­ry­ing out their 4am raid. in the one of the bur­glars – who was wear­ing yel­low gloves – tries to force open a win­dow while his ac­com­plice stands by.

When that fails, he smashes the win­dow and climbs through, where he helps him­self to items in­side be­fore run­ning away.

Mr White said he also found blood traces at the scene. Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice in­sisted it car­ried out a ‘thor­ough’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion and passed a file to the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice – but said of­fi­cers were told there was not enough ev­i­dence for a con­vic­tion.

The CPS said a se­nior lawyer will re­view its original de­ci­sion fol­low footage, ing a com­plaint by Mr White. A spokesman for Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice said: ‘Of­fi­cers car­ried out a full and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­port, which in­cluded the re­view of CCTV and foren­sic sam­ples be­ing taken from the scene.’

The sus­pects were in­ter­viewed then re­leased with no fur­ther ac­tion, and the spokesman said Mr White has been up­dated on their de­ci­sions. A CPS spokesman said: ‘When the CPS makes a de­ci­sion not to charge, cases can be looked at again un­der the Vic­tims’ right to re­view scheme or by way of po­lice ap­peal. ‘A sec­ond re­view of this case will now be con­ducted by a se­nior lawyer which means that it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to pro­vide any fur­ther de­tail at this stage.’

Com­plaint: David White out­side his bur­gled hair sa­lon

Red-handed: One of the crim­i­nals on CCTV

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