Fleeing raider falls down well

Brave: Major Wareing
Brave: Major Wareing

A SUSPECTED burglar fell 30ft down a well after a hero Paratrooper chased him from a neighbour’s home.

Major Andrew Wareing, of Bell Street, Boothtown, was woken by a noise at 5am yesterday.

The 37-year-old, who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Balkans and Northern Ireland, went outside to investigate.

He said: “I was looking up and down the road and the moment I saw him move I ran towards him but he ran off.”

Maj Wareing chased the man towards St Thomas’s Church on Claremount Road where the suspect jumped over a wall and landed on some brambles on the Deighton Engineering site near New Bank.

“He tried to slide off the brambles and disappeared from my sight,” said the major.

“Then I heard the silence followed by a bang and then whimpering.”

The suspect called an ambulance using his mobile phone from inside the well and Major Wareing called the police.

Fire crews from Halifax and specialist units attended and the suspect was freed several hours later.

He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with injuries to his back and has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. He is believed to have broken his lower vertebrae.

Major Wareing is an army officer in the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment and has spent 14 years in the Paratrooper regiment.

He added: “There are thousands of people in this country that would do the same and I am no different.

“But I never wanted him to get injured, that was never the intention.”

Wife Dawn said: “This is just typical of him. It was just instinct. He wouldn’t have let him get away, he’s like a dog with a bone. He would have chased him across Halifax if he’d had to.

“He had run 20 miles on the Saturday so this was just an extra mile for him.”