Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Poker used by pensioner, 81, to fight home intruders

An elderly man armed with a poker took on two men who had broken into his house, police have said.

The 81-year-old was grabbed by the intruders in his lounge in Martin, near Fordingbridge in Hampshire, on Tuesday.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said he responded by striking one of them in the face with the fire poker, causing the man to bleed heavily.

He added that the pair then disarmed the pensioner and took money before escaping. They also took the poker.

He said the elderly man had received a deep cut to his hand as the poker was yanked from him.

Police have described the men as white, in their 30s, about 5ft 10in (1.80m) and in fit shape, and that one was wearing a hooded top.

The spokesman added that officers believed the man who was struck would be easily identifiable by his injuries.

Det Con Giulio Pizzo said police were "keen to hear from anyone who knows a man who has a very recent injury to his face, consistent with being hit by a poker".

"This man bled a lot at the scene [and] may have sought medical help in Hampshire or Wiltshire," he said.

"This was a callous attack on an elderly man in his home and the offenders must be found."

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