Birmingham & Black Country

Man injured tackling intruder on roof in Birmingham

A homeowner in Birmingham was stabbed after climbing out of a window to tackle a suspected burglar on his roof.

The man was treated for minor injuries after tackling the man, who was armed with a pair of pliers, shortly after 01:00 BST on Saturday.

He chased the suspected intruder into a nearby garden and pinned him to the ground with help from neighbours.

A suspect, 23, was held at the scene in Shard End on suspicion of wounding and attempted burglary, police said.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said the neighbours had gone to the man's aid after hearing the commotion.

The man's partner called police, who arrived at the scene, in School Lane, within six minutes.

'Very brave'

Det Con Dan Mander said: "The couple heard noises in their back garden and, seconds later, their security lighting was triggered.

"On seeing an intruder on his roof, the resident clambered through a bedroom window to confront him and picked up some ladders to defend himself.

"It appears he's then chased him into next door's garden and continued grappling with him before neighbours have also emerged to help out.

"The resident was very brave to tackle the man and his actions certainly helped police make a swift arrest."

He added: "Every incident is different but members of the public should only ever confront offenders if they're confident they can handle the situation and are not putting themselves in danger."

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