Fugitive gives himself up to police - but changes his mind after they take too long to arrive

Telegraph Reporters
The man seemed ready to hand himself in - but gave up waiting for police to arrive  - PA Wire/PA Images

A man suspected of breaking his ex-partner's jaw tried to give himself up to police - but changed his mind when they took too long to arrive. 

Benjamin Partridge, 35, went to his brother-in-law Andreas Thomas's house in Kings Norton, Birmingham last Tuesday and was apparently ready to hand himself in. 

But after waiting 45 minutes for police to arrive, he gave up and left, taking two cans of cider from the fridge with him.

Police frantically searched the area but could not find him.  

Mr Thomas, 47, said he even left his front door unlocked so police didn't have to kick it in.

He said: "I thought they'd be here a bit quicker, to be honest."

Speaking about his brother-in-law, he said:  "We used to be pretty close. He's been wanted for months, maybe close to a year, but looked well when I saw him on Tuesday.

"I think he should do the right thing and give himself up. He should get it out of the way.

"He can't hide forever."

West Midlands Police put out an alert for Mr Partridge's whereabouts on February 15. 

It said: "Benjamin Partridge is WANTED on suspicion of domestic abuse.

"The 35-year-old is suspected of assaulting an ex-partner and breaking her jaw in March 2016.

"Partridge is from Birmingham and has links to Tipton. We have made numerous enquiries at addresses where Partridge has lived, and places we know he frequents, but so far we have been unable to locate him.

I think he should do the right thing and give himself up. He should get it out of the way. He can't hide forever

"Do you know his whereabouts?"

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Police were called to Barratts Road, Birmingham at 8.15pm on Tuesday following reports Benjamin Partridge, who is wanted for a domestic abuse related offence, was at the address.

"Officers were immediately dispatched, but by the time they arrived Partridge had already left the scene.

"A search of the local area was conducted but officers were unable to locate him."

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, of West Midlands Police, said: "The force responds to hundreds of incidents every day across the West Midlands.

"Both officers and staff are committed to keeping our communities safe and work round the clock to do so.

"On this occasion, we were not able to arrest the individual in question, but we are dedicated to apprehending those we believe have committed crime and anyone who has any information about any of our outstanding offenders is urged to call us."

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