Have-a-go pensioner from Wigan suffers broken arm in raid

A have-a-go-hero Wigan pensioner suffered a broken arm as he tried to tackle an intruder in his home.

Friday, 7th September 2018, 10:32 am
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 10:36 am
Windleshaw House, where the attack took place

The unnamed victim was woken in the early hours to find and confront the burglar in his first floor retirement apartment.

A struggle ensued during which the man, who is in his 70s, was thrown to the floor and suffered the injury. The raider then fled empty-handed.

Police have appealed for information about the break-in at the Windleshaw House sheltered accommodation at Ince, between 2am and 3am on Sunday, August 26.

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The resident, who was also left distressed by the ordeal, was taken to hospital for treatment.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said he had been asleep in his flat on Windleshaw Street when he was awoken by noises. Going to investigate, he came face to face with a tall, thin stranger.

There then followed a struggle which ended with the victim crashing to the floor.

The police and an ambulance were called. At first it seemed the shaken victim had only suffered a cut to his arm, but then it was feared the injury was more serious and he was hospitalised.

The home has since confirmed that he sustained a fracture but he and bosses declined to comment further.

The intruder is described as white, of skinny build with dark hair and wearing a dark jacket which might be a Puffa.

A Facebook appeal for information also suggested that he was about 6ft tall and spoke with a Liverpool accent although police have not confirmed this.

The spokeswoman said: “This was a very frightening incident for the gentleman involved and we would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch.

“Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries and CCTV footage in the area is also being checked.”

Anyone with details should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.