Rainham mum pays £200 to replace front door panel after police wrongly break in
PUBLISHED: 12:10 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 15 October 2015
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A young mum has had to pay £200 to replace the glass panel on her front door after police broke into her home in error.
The 28-year-old from Rainham, returned home with her six-month-old daughter last week to find police officers standing outside, shattered glass on the floor and her front door wide open.
She said: “When I saw what they had done I burst into tears. I just couldn’t believe what was going on.”
Police were called to the area at 11.20am after reports of a man threatening self-harm.
To gain entry to the flat, an officer broke the glass panel in order to reach him – but it was the wrong house.
The woman had to pay £200 to have the panel replaced and says that when she contacted police about compensation, she was told it would take between six and eight weeks for the decision to be made on whose fault it was.
She said: “I don’t really care about them breaking the glass as I understand that if it is an emergency, then you have got to be able to reach that person as soon as possible.
“But I did absolutely nothing wrong and yet I’m the one that has paid to get it fixed.
“I have a young child to take care of and being £200 out of pocket is the last thing I need.”
A police spokesman said: “The incorrect house number was recorded for one of these calls, leading officers to force entry at 11.33am to a different property, which was not connected to the incident.
“Arrangements will be made to pay appropriate repair costs in due course.”