A MAN received a broken arm after challenging two burglary suspects in Wigan.
Between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday May 27, offenders broke into a home on Withington Lane, Aspull and stole keys to a Fiat Punto plus other personal items.
When he stopped them, he was struck with a crow bar, causing a cut to the head and a broken armDC Kevin Telford
Two days later, Friday on May 29, the occupier of the house spotted two men acting suspiciously at around 9pm outside her address and fearing they had returned to take her car, her dad was contacted by her husband.
When he arrived, she pointed out the two men and the 50-year-old followed both of them into an alleyway leading to playing fields off Cale Lane.
He challenged them and one of them went to hit him on the head with a crowbar. The victim held out his arm to protect himself before both offenders ran away.
The man with the crowbar is described as being white, in his mid to late 30s, of heavy build, 6ft tall, had short dark hair, dark brown eyes and stubble. He wore a navy bomber style waterproof jacket and dark navy jogging bottoms.
The second was white, in his mid to late 30s, 6ft tall, of medium build, had light brown hair and wore a light coloured jacket which had different coloured patches on it.
Detective Constable Kevin Telford said: “The victim of the burglary had been initially upset about the crime and was scared those responsible would come back to take her car. When she saw the two men, she naturally feared for her safety and called her dad.
“When he stopped them, he was struck with a crow bar, causing a cut to the head and a broken arm.
“Firstly, I would appeal to anyone who saw these two men in the Withington Lane area to come forward. Secondly, I would ask members of the public to consider their personal safety and not directly confront people. If you believe someone is acting suspiciously, phone the police straight away.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.