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Burglar jailed after assaulting victim who caught him burgling house

Burglar jailed after assaulting victim who caught him burgling house
A burglar who broke into a house and assaulted one of the residents who caught him in the act has been jailed for nearly three years.

A brother and sister had returned to the family home in Nicholl Road, Epping, on Friday 8 February 2019 and found some of the rooms had been ransacked.

While they were there, three men ran out of the house and towards a car waiting outside.

The 23-year-old brother chased them and grabbed one of the suspects, Andrew Cash, as he was getting into the car, which was described as a black Volkswagen.

It drove off with him in the back seat, where he was repeatedly assaulted by the suspects.

They stopped in Station Road, where they tried to get the victim out of the car and threatened him with a knife or a screwdriver.

But he pulled Cash out with him and kept hold of him until police arrived a short time later. The victim suffered a cut to his head, bruises and grazes.

Cash was charged with burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He admitted the charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday 11 March and was jailed for a total of two years and eight months.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Rob Guiney said: “The sentence given to Cash reflects the seriousness of his crime as this was a really nasty incident and it’s fortunate the victim was not seriously hurt.”

Nothing was stolen in the burglary and the other three suspects are yet to be identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Loughton CID on 101, quoting reference 42/21237/19.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at

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