Tyne & Wear

South Shields pensioner, 89, confronts burglar armed with knife

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.

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