A businessman who attacked two thieves caught red-handed in a night-time raid was arrested after defending his property, a court has heard.
Andrew Woodhouse, 44, was today on trial facing assault charges on the two raiders he found stealing diesel from his business.
A jury heard how Woodhouse grabbed a fence post one was carrying as a weapon – and used it to fight back against them.
The father-of-five – who says he has repeatedly been a victim of crime at his gardening company – kept hold of the two burglars until police arrived.
But the court was told it was Woodhouse who was then arrested and accused of using excessive force.