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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Man, 82, beats off house burglar with walking stick

A plucky pensioner beat off a burglar with his walking stick after finding him in his bedroom in the middle of the night.

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River View, Stainburn

Jimmy Suitor, 82, of River View, Stainburn, Workington, was lying awake in bed at 3am when he saw a hooded figure with a torch enter the room he shares with wife Pauline, 79.

Initially he thought he might be seeing things but the man continued into the room and walked around the bed towards where the retired joiner was lying.

Mr Suitor said: “When he got to where I was I said: ‘What are you looking for? What do you want?’ I started thinking: ‘This is serious’.

“He turned his back on me, never said anything and proceeded to open the drawers in Pauline’s dressing table.”

Concerned for himself, his wife and their property, Mr Suitor grabbed his walking stick, which he keeps by the bed, and hit the burglar.

The man fled and Mr Suitor followed him to the kitchen, where he escaped through the window.

Police were called. It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Mr Suitor said: “All this started and finished in the space of about three minutes. It all happened quickly but it was very unnerving.

“When you realise there’s something really seriously wrong you have to make a decision. My decision was defence and the walking stick did the job.”

Mrs Suitor was in the bathroom. She said: “I was pleased it was Jimmy who saw him and not me.”

The burglar fled empty-handed. The couple think he was searching for money as a mobile phone and a ring were untouched.

Mrs Suitor was proud of her husband’s quick thinking. She said: “I think he did very well. I don’t think I’d have been that brave.”

She added that she was still taking in what had happened but the incident had not made her feel unsafe in her home.

Detective Inspector Ian Harwood said: “It was a very distressing situation for the victim and thankfully he was uninjured.

“The suspect was described as a slim man in his early twenties. He was around 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a dark grey hoodie.

“Anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the early hours of yesterday, no matter how trivial, should get in touch on 101 and ask for the duty sergeant at Workington.”

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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