South Shields pensioner, 89, confronts burglar armed with knife
- 26 February 2013
- From the section Tyne & Wear
An 89-year-old man tackled a burglar wielding a knife who broke into his South Tyneside home.
The intruder forced his way into the pensioner's house in Mortimer Road, South Shields, just after 20:30 GMT on Monday, police said.
But he ran off empty-handed after the elderly man grappled with him, Northumbria Police said.
His victim suffered minor injuries, but did not need hospital treatment, officers said.