Archie (80) stands up to home in­vaders

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang grand­dad tried to fight off two thugs who broke into his home and at­tacked his wife with CS Gas.

Archie and Janet Daly were at their Cairn­swell Drive home on Sun­day (Septem­ber 27) when two masked men forced en­try and de­manded money from the oc­cu­pants.

But in­stead of com­ply­ing, 80-year-old Archie at­tacked them him­self as he tried to re­move the in­trud­ers mask.

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter, Kate, told the Re­former that af­ter push­ing Archie to the ground, the thugs tried to spray Janet with the gas, but she was able to make her es­cape and alerted the neigh­bours while the sus­pects fled empty-handed through a lane lead­ing to Rose­bank Drive

Janet (81) was later treated by a para­medic but thank­fully the spray had missed her eye.

The fam­ily have now of­fered a £1000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to ar­rest of those re­spon­si­ble.

Kate ( 54), said: “The doc­tor has been out to

ex­am­ine them, and phys­i­cally they are fine but they aren’t sleep­ing at the mo­ment. It was a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal.

“Mum is very shaken, but thank­fully the CS Gas missed her eye and the para­medic was able to just clean it up.

“They have taken out a panel of glass from the back door to get in and then come up stairs.

“They pushed dad and turned over the bed and then dad has fallen and banged his head. But he put up quite a fight.”

Kate says the fam­ily have been touched by the sup­port of neigh­bours: “They have stayed here for 30-odd years and get on with ev­ery­one.

“Ev­ery­one has been great, com­ing to the door and ask­ing if they need mes­sages and things like that.”

The sus­pects are de­scribed as lo­cal men, aged 20 – 40 and of medium height and build. At the time of the in­ci­dent they wear wear­ing dark cloth­ing with their faces cov­ered.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Iain McCul­loch of Cam­bus­lang CID, said: “This was a ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent for this el­derly cou­ple to en­dure.

“Early in­di­ca­tions sug­gest that this was a tar­geted at­tack.

“We are analysing avail­able CCTV and footage from the po­lice he­li­copter and are cur­rently pro­gress­ing door- to- door en­quiries to es­tab­lish if any­one in the area has any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“As a com­mu­nity, we will not tol­er­ate this type of crim­i­nal­ity.

“I am ap­peal­ing to any­one who may have knowl­edge of this in­ci­dent to make con­tact with po­lice at Cam­bus­lang on 101.”

Have-a-go-hero Archie took on the men who tried to rob him in his own home as wife Janet (left) fled to get help af­ter be­ing sprayed by CS Gas

In­ci­dent Res­i­dents of Cairn­swell Drive have been shocked

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