Pensioner, 74, speaks of shock after being stabbed by a burglar in his Portsmouth flat

The efit released in the hunt for men who attacked a Portsmouth pensioner
The efit released in the hunt for men who attacked a Portsmouth pensioner

Toddler fall ‘not suspicious’

  • Hero pensioner got one of the burglars into a headlock
  • The 74-year-old was stabbed in the back by a second intruder
  • Police release E-fit to find offenders
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A PENSIONER has told of the moment he was stabbed in the back by a vicious would-be burglar.

The 74-year-old man, who does not wish to be named, discovered an intruder in the communal lounge of Sydenham Court in Berkshire Close, Landport, where he lives.

Sydenham Court, in Berkshire Close, Landport, where a 74-year-old man was stabbed by raiders

Sydenham Court, in Berkshire Close, Landport, where a 74-year-old man was stabbed by raiders

The retired grandad-of-15 said: ‘From my kitchen window I could see the lounge, we keep all the lights off at night.

‘I could see a small torch shining so I went down to have a look.

‘I went into the lounge and found a young lad, about 17 or 18, crouching on the floor.’

The offender swore at the victim and told him to ‘go back to bed’.

The victim added: ‘I got him in a headlock, as I was going to pull an emergency cord and keep hold of him until the police arrived.

‘But I didn’t think anyone else would be there.

‘However the lad shouted “get him off me” and I was confused at first as I didn’t know who he was talking to.

‘Then I felt a sharp pain and stinging in my back and fell backwards.

‘I was totally winded by the incident and by the time I got up they had escaped out of the fire exit.

‘I had slashes down my back, but the thickness of my shirt meant I wasn’t cut too deeply.

‘The whole thing has left me feeling nervous.’

The attack happened at 10.30pm on Friday, October 15, and police have released details along with an e-fit of someone they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. Police described it as a ‘violent attack’.

Detective constable Roy Kimber of Fratton CID, said: ‘This was a violent attack on an elderly gentleman who was simply trying to look out for his neighbours.

‘They clearly targeted a residential block which is supposed to be a safe haven for some of the more vulnerable members of the community, and then when challenged by a brave resident resorted to a cowardly attack on him.’

Councillor Yahiya Chowdhury, ward councillor for Charles Dickens, described the attack as ‘cowardly’.

He said: ‘It is cowardly for two men to attack someone in their home like that – it’s very sad for the community.

‘The shock will affect him mentally and I want the police to make sure they do all they can to protect him and also find these men.’

The first offender, illustrated by the e-fit, is a stocky white man, aged 17 or 18, around 5ft 5in, with fair hair cut short at the sides but longer on top and parted in the middle.

He was wearing a light-blue or grey hooded top and bottoms, and spoke with a local accent.

The second suspect is a thin white man, in his 30s, about 5ft 8in.

He was wearing dark clothing and had dark, curly hair which was described as messy.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 and quote the reference 44150359013. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.