A PENSIONER was attacked in his own home as he tried to stop a thief.
The 66-year-old man was returning home when he saw a man coming out of his house through the kitchen door.
The man confronted the thief and he was punched in the stomach allowing the intruder to flee.
When the man went inside he discovered a number of items, including his TV, had been stolen.
The victim was not seriously injured in the incident which happened at his home on Victoria Street, Newtown shortly before 10pm on Sunday, February 2.
Police believe that the intruder may have been on a return leg to the property having stolen other items beforehand and are appealing for information.
It was unclear which direction the thief ran off in.
The offender, who had broken in after smashing a downstairs window, is described as 5ft 10in tall, in his 20s, of slim build and wearing a grey hooded top that had a grey strip across the back, near to his shoulder blades. DC John O’Donnell, of the Volume Crime Unit, said: “The victim was making his way home when he was confronted and assaulted by the intruder.
“We know the TV was stolen but the man did not have it at the time so it is unclear whether he had an accomplice or was making a return visit to the address.
“Either way, I am certain someone will have seen something and I would urge them to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5308, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.