- Nigel Stringer allegedly defended himself against men with guns and knives
- JP and millionaire property developer is pursuing his own case after his arrest
- His wife Cindy, 55, said she still lives in fear of the attack at their Norwich home
A magistrate defending his family against an armed gang who stormed his home ended up being arrested himself – and accused of a racially aggravated assault.
Police detained Nigel Stringer for three hours and he remains under investigation while the gang – believed to have been armed with a gun, knives, metal bars and a crossbow – were allowed to leave.
The 67-year-old, who has been a magistrate for 26 years, is now standing down to pursue a private prosecution against the men.
His wife Cindy, 55, says she lives in constant fear following the terrifying events of January 14.
Mr Stringer says justice ‘runs in my blood’, with his grandfather and parents having careers in policing.
But he said: ‘They would all turn in their graves to know that modern political correctness caused my son and I to be taken from our home for defending our family.
‘In detaining us the police left my wife and daughters unprotected with some of the gang still in and around our garden.’
The millionaire property developer believes the incident – during which both sides allegedly used the racially incendiary n-word – may have arisen from a bitter dispute with a tenant over rent arrears.
Mr Stringer was enjoying a Sunday afternoon with his wife and three children aged 26, 24 and 22 at their £2million, 40-room home in Morningthorpe, near Norwich, when it happened
Mr Stringer was enjoying a Sunday afternoon with his wife and three children aged 26, 24 and 22 at their £2million, 40-room home in Morningthorpe, near Norwich, when three cars pulled up at the gates and a group of men climbed into the grounds.
He rang 999. ‘I told the operator we were under attack,’ he said. ‘I could see at least three men running between the trees. One had a weapon which looked like a crossbow. The others had steel bars.’
When a fourth man armed with what appeared to be a handgun started banging on their glass front door, Mr Stringer said he was compelled to act. He grabbed a child’s hockey stick and confronted the intruder.
‘My son told me he had seen a gun,’ he said. ‘I went outside and I kept shouting loudly at him to leave and that the police were on the way.
‘I used my hands and the stick to push him away from the house. He kept punching and kicking me. I was by that time bruised, bleeding and utterly exhausted.’
Police detained Nigel Stringer (pictured with wife Cindy in front of their home) for three hours and he remains under investigation while the gang – believed to have been armed with a gun, knives, metal bars and a crossbow – were allowed to leave
Weapon: Mr Slater found this knife at the scene of the crime several months after it happened
Mr Stringer said he was then horrified to see four other men on the other side of a hedge urging their companion with phrases such as: ‘Go on my n*****, slog him.’
He said: ‘I had no strength left, I only had my voice and I tried to find the most shocking words to shout, thinking that if they came through that hedge we could be killed. There was nobody there to save us, we were alone.
‘Using their own words, I shouted ‘and if you n*****s come into my garden I will f***ing hit you with this’. I merely flung their own words back at them. I am not racist.’
The other men retreated to their cars by the gate, where they stood holding a crossbow, claimed Mr Stringer.
Moments before police arrived, the remaining intruder made a 999 call saying he had been attacked by two men, suffered numerous injuries and racially abused.