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Mother of the bride catches burglar on daughter's wedding day


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Sergeant Julia Martin-Jones had just watched her daughter tie the knot.


An off-duty officer showed her dedication to her role when she detained a suspected burglar on her daughter’s wedding day.

Gloucestershire Sergeant Julia Martin-Jones was returning home after watching her child – who is also an officer with the force – tie the knot when she spotted someone leaving a neighbour’s house acting suspiciously.

Without hesitation she leapt into action to apprehend the figure and called colleagues to the scene.

“It was around 1am on Sunday morning and I’d just returned home from the wedding with family and friends,” she said.


“I saw a youth in dark clothing emerge from a neighbour's driveway and I didn't recognise him. I knew there had been burglaries in the area so went and stopped him. My colleagues later found my neighbour's garage had been broken into.

“There I was in my sparkly dress, high heels and all my finery - I think he thought I was some kind of crazy woman!”

A 15-year-old boy from Manchester arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the case has been bailed to return to police on March 25, pending further inquiries.

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