Nigel Stringer (left) defended his wife Cindy (right) and their three children when burglars broke into their home near Norwich earlier this year. He found a knife (pictured) used by the attackers
A magistrate defending his family against an armed gang who stormed his home ended up being arrested himself – and accused of a racially aggravated assault.
Police detained Nigel Stringer for three hours and he remains under investigation while the gang – believed to have been armed with a gun, knives, metal bars and a crossbow – were allowed to leave.
The 67-year-old, who has been a magistrate for 26 years, is now standing down to pursue a private prosecution against the men.
His wife Cindy, 55, says she lives in constant fear following the terrifying events of January 14.
Mr Stringer says justice ‘runs in my blood’, with his grandfather and parents having careers in policing.
But he said: ‘They would all turn in their graves to know that modern political correctness caused my son and I to be taken from our home for defending our family.
‘In detaining us the police left my wife and daughters unprotected with some of the gang still in and around our garden.’
…Mr Stringer said he was then horrified to see four other men on the other side of a hedge urging their companion with phrases such as: ‘Go on my n*****, slog him.’
He said: ‘I had no strength left, I only had my voice and I tried to find the most shocking words to shout, thinking that if they came through that hedge we could be killed. There was nobody there to save us, we were alone.
‘Using their own words, I shouted ‘and if you n*****s come into my garden I will f***ing hit you with this’. I merely flung their own words back at them. I am not racist.’
…Moments before police arrived, the remaining intruder made a 999 call saying he had been attacked by two men, suffered numerous injuries and racially abused.
Five police cars then arrived and officers arrested Mr Stringer and his son on suspicion of a racially aggravated attack. Police briefly questioned the men at the gate but none was arrested.