Suspected burglar falls down well
Published 27/03/2011 | 16:07
A suspected burglar who was chased away from the scene of a break-in was caught by police after he fell 30ft down a well, a senior officer said.
The 21-year-old from Halifax, West Yorkshire, called the emergency services himself after he fell down the uncovered, 5ft-wide hole at around 5.20am on Sunday.
Minutes earlier residents in nearby Bell Street, Boothtown, had called police to report a break-in at a house, and said locals were giving chase.
Inspector David Whitehouse of West Yorkshire Police said: "It would appear that the gentleman who fell down the well was one of the burglars who was fleeing the scene.
"He was chased by a neighbour, climbed a small wall, dropped down a banking approximately 20ft before then falling down a 30ft-deep well. The well, it would appear, was uncovered and hidden from view to the fleeing suspect."
The well in Claremount Road, Boothtown, was located next to a graveyard.
Fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene and firefighters climbed down and he was rescued around two-and-a-half hours after he fell. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary when he was freed, and then taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary complaining of back pain.
Insp Whitehouse said: "He has a fractured lower vertebra which, although it sounds serious, is not going to be something that would impair his future health and is going to be treatable."
He will be held in hospital overnight for observations.
The inspector said the suspect will be questioned about the break-in after his release from hospital.