A RETIRED army captain yesterday won the right to sue police who he claims prevented him rescuing heirlooms from his burning home.
Edmund Carlisle, 83, is demanding compensation from Dyfed-Powys Police after the fire destroyed his 16th-century home on the Welsh borders, causing £723,000 of damage. Possessions worth more than £143,000 were also destroyed.
He and his wife, Rosemary, 82, had dialled 999 and began rescuing furniture and paintings after fire broke out in the boiler room at their farm at Llanigon, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys.
When police arrived they ordered the couple out of the house for their own safety. When Captain Carlisle refused he was arrested and put into the back of a police van.
And I hope he wins - at the sight of a fire the emergency services get all over-excited - I have nearly been arrested twice for ignoring their instructions - when a neighbour's thatched house was alight , only one end was burning and stuff was being pulled out, I tried to walk over to help and was blocked on the road (so I walked across the field) and after a fire in Marlborough they insisted in closing a carpark quarter of a mile away from a fire that had been put out the previous night - I let my displeasure be known...)