Melton farmhouse shooting: Andy and Tracey Ferrie will not face charges
Married couple Andy and Tracey Ferrie, of Leicestershire, involved in the shooting of intruders at their home will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.
The couple were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a legally-owned shotgun was fired during a break-in at their home in Welby, near Melton Mowbray, in the early hours of Sunday.
In a statement released today Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands, said: “Andy and Tracey Ferrie were released on police bail yesterday (Tuesday 4 September 2012) after being questioned about the shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning at their home near Melton Mowbray.
“Earlier this afternoon, the head of the East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, Lawrence English, visited the scene of the incident to see for himself whether the accounts given by Mr and Mrs Ferrie were consistent with other evidence of what happened.
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"Looking at the evidence, it is clear to me that Mr and Mrs Ferrie did what they believed was necessary to protect themselves, and their home, from intruders.
"As Crown Prosecutors we look at all cases on their merit and according to the evidence in the individual case. I am satisfied that this is a case where householders, faced with intruders in frightening circumstances, acted in reasonable self defence.
“The law is clear that anyone who acts in good faith, using reasonable force, doing what they honestly feel is necessary to protect, their families or their property, will not be prosecuted for such action.
“We have therefore advised Leicestershire Police that Mr and Mrs Ferrie should be released from their bail as they will not face any charges over what happened.”
• Daniel Mansell has admitted a farmhouse burglary in Leicestershire which led to the arrest of Mr an Mrs Ferrie. Mansell, 33, from Leicester, entered a guilty plea at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court today and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on September 25.
Joshua O’Gorman, 27, who is also charged with burglary, gave no indication of plea and was remanded in custody to appear before magistrates on September 14.