A car thief got more than he bargained for after breaking into a car.

The man has been captured on CCTV attempting to break into the Mercedes which is parked on a drive in Southchurch yesterday.

He manges to get the door open, but his movements trigger a security light and the homeowner rushes outside to deliver some vigilante justice.

It is not known if the break-in was reported to police.

After the video was posted to the Crimewatch Southend and Local Areas, Essex, UK Facebook page, it has been shared by hundreds of people.

Many have commended the homeowner's actions.

One person said: "Good on you. He got his comeuppance."

Another added: "Quite justified."

Essex Police has been contacted for comment.