Pensioner fights off intruders

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A COURAGEOUS pensioner fought off two intruders who broke into his home, battering one of them over the head.

Police today praised the elderly victim for his bravery today as they launched an appeal to track down his tormentors.

It was at about 10.30pm on Sunday, April 8, that two men smashed the window of a house on New Barn Lane in Leigh.

They clambered through the window and once inside demanded the occupant hand them his keys.

But the fearless victim, a 70-year-old man, hit one of the intruders over the head. Both intruders then escaped empty-handed through the broken window.

During their escape the victim grabbed one the men’s legs and cut his hand in the broken glass during a struggle.

He was taken to hospital and received stitches to his hand.

The burglars are described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall and both were wearing black clothing and balaclavas.

PC Sophie Roberts, of the Volume Crime Team, said: “The victim, when confronted by two intruders who smashed their way into his house, thought nothing of his own safety and bravely fought them off.

“Thankfully nothing was stolen but his determination not to let them get away has resulted in him suffering a hand injury and I want anyone with information about whoever might be responsible to contact me before they can try this again.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7203, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.