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Householder who found a convicted burglar’s prison ID card outside her home is stunned after police told her to report it as ‘LOST PROPERTY’
- Terry Ford, 31, was released from prison after serving a sentence for burglary
- Days later his jail ID card was found on pathway of a woman in Basildon, Essex
- Police closed the case after she followed their advice to report it as lost property
A householder who found a convicted burglar’s prison ID card on her front pathway was told to report it as ‘lost property’ by police who then closed the case.
The official card bearing a photo of criminal Terry Ford, 31, was found on the woman’s front pathway in Basildon, Essex, early on Tuesday morning.
The householder – who does not to be named – said she believed the card was dropped after her Rottweiler dog disturbed someone the previous evening, days after Ford’s release.
But when she reported the incident to police she was told to hand the card back as a ‘lost property’ item and the case was closed.
The official card (pictured) bearing a photo of criminal Terry Ford, 31, was found on the woman’s front pathway in Basildon days after he was released
Ford was released from HMP Wayland Prison in Norfolk last Friday after serving a sentence for burglary for which he was jailed in February.
The woman said: ‘I’ve spoken to the police and they have told me to take card down to them.
‘They are not treating it as a robbery as no-one got in and so they said it is a closed case. They want me to hand the card in as a lost property item.’
Ford was jailed for stealing items including trainers, a sound system and other sentimental items in 2016.
He also admitted stealing £80 from a Subway store and breaking into a property in the grounds of the former Basildon Zoo.
He was handed a 43-week jail term plus 12 weeks for breaking a suspended sentence.
Ford was released from HMP Wayland Prison (pictured) in Norfolk last Friday after serving a sentence for burglary
Today Ford’s mother, 55-year-old Janice Ford, said that she prayed that her son would be back behind bars before too long.
‘I’m sad to say I am his mum, he was a lovely little boy, I can’t believe he has turned out like this.
‘I am praying it won’t be long before he gets put back inside, for everyone’s sake. I saw him last week when he got out of prison in the afternoon. And whilst I was driving the next day I saw him walking around and he looked awful.
‘He came knocking at my house, asking me to wash his clothes. It is a shame, it is really sad, he was such a lovely young boy. I can’t have him live with me, but I can’t stand to see him looking dirty.
‘There is nothing I can do, he has got to do it for himself, but he has been doing this sort of thing for the last ten years.
‘He has two children who he doesn’t see, which is really sad because that means I don’t get to see my grandchildren.’
An Essex police spokesman said: ‘We received a call at 7:30am yesterday, Tuesday, May 1, to reports of lost property outside an address in Cattawade Link, Basildon.
‘The caller has been advised to return the item to her local police station.’
The cash-strapped force has previously been criticised over cuts which has meant crime has gone unsolved.
Earlier this year, residents were forced to form a vigilante crime fighting group to pound the pavements in a bid to break-up gangs, deter break-ins, and stop vandalism.
In 2016, Essex Police officers were ridiculed for asking residents to plant prickly hedges outside their homes to try and prevent break-ins.
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