Brav­ery of home­owner who fought armed thugs

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ABRAVE man fought off armed thugs who stabbed and slashed at him with knives after forc­ing their way into his house.

The 29-year-old, who did not want to be named, said he was sat in his liv­ing room when a gang of around five men burst in and de­manded money.

He said the hooded bur­glars, who had armed them­selves with knives and a spirit level from his kitchen, then grabbed him and told him ‘not to scream’.

How­ever he man­aged to fight them off, sus­tain­ing slash and stab wounds to his head and body, and es­cape to a neigh­bours house, who alerted po­lice.

The gang then ran­sacked his York Street home, in Formby and made off with a Rolex watch, be­lieved to be worth £14,000.

The vic­tim said: “They jumped over the gar­den back fence and came in through the back door.

“I had no idea any­one was in the house un­til they came into the front room. I was sat watch­ing TV.

“They had their faces cov­ered and were in track­suits and hood­ies and told me not to scream.

“They had got knives and a spirit level from my kitchen and said they were look­ing for money.

“When they came to­wards me and grabbed me I thought they were go­ing to tie me up and I wanted to stop that.

“So I think adren­a­line just kicked in re­ally and I started fight­ing them off.”

Dur­ing the strug­gle the vic­tim was stabbed and slashed in the back of his head, his hand, chest and arm.

He bravely man­aged to es­cape through his liv­ing room win­dow, after he was locked in by his at­tack­ers, as they ran­sacked the up­stairs of his home.

He added: “I don’t think they ex­pected me to fight back and sort of backed off when I did.

“There would be many peo­ple that would have just screamed and put their hands up to them and I think that is what they were ex­pect­ing me to do. “They are scum­bags. “The fact they went into my kitchen and equipped them­selves with my own knives and tried to in­tim­i­date me I think is dis­gust­ing.”

Mersey­side Po­lice con­firmed they were called at around 9.40pm to re­ports of an ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

The men were de­scribed as white, of slim build and aged in their late teens or twen­ties, and were wear­ing dark-coloured track­suits with their faces cov­ered.

CCTV from the area is be­ing ex­am­ined, house to house en­quiries have been car­ried out and the house has been foren­si­cally ex­am­ined.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Tony O’Brien said: “Be­ing sub­ject to such an as­sault in his home must have been a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for this man.

“We are work­ing hard to piece to­gether the in­ci­dent and trace those re­spon­si­ble but I am urg­ing any­one who was in the area at the time, or who has any in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent to get in con­tact.

“I’m also ap­peal­ing to any­one who may have dash­cam footage who was in this area at about 9.30pm to get in touch.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Mersey­side Po­lice so­cial me­dia desk via Twit­ter @MerPolCC or Face­book Mersey­side Po­lice CC.

You can also call 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent ref­er­ence 18200197062 or con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously, on 0800 555 111 or via their on­line form at: https://crimestop­pers-uk.org/give-in­for­ma­tion/give­in­for­ma­tion .

York Road in Formby where the bur­glary took place

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