Man, 102, fights off intruder who tried to break into home suffering huge bruise

A 102-year-old man fought off an intruder who tried to force his way into his home after telling him: "You're not going to come in here mate."

The centenarian, named only as John, suffered cuts and bruising when the offender pushed past him into his house in Lincoln.

The intruder claimed that he was there to check the lights which John said he thought sounded "a bit dodgy".

He told BBC News: "By that time he had pushed the door wide open and stepped in, and I said, 'you're not going to come in here mate'.

"He gave me a few clouts – I was hoping to give him a few back, and he ran away. He must have been frightened."

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John was left with a large bruise on his forearm and a number of other cuts.

He and his wife Joan, 97, said they were left shaken up by the incident – the second attack on their home in the last six months.

The couple's daughter, Jill, said: "The man damaged my dad's arm really badly. There was blood all over.

"My dad was really shook up and it's upset my mum. This is the second time it has happened in six months.

"Give him his due, for his age, he did have a go back."

In a previous incident, the couple let a man into the house who had claimed to be a gas engineer. A handbag and purse were stolen.

"We are used to going to the door and opening it, but you can't now," Joan said.

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Lincolnshire Police are investigating the incident at around 1.45pm on Tuesday, along with another in the Ermine area about 45 minutes earlier.

In the first incident, cash and bank cards were stolen after a man pushed his way past a disabled woman in her nineties.

Chief Inspector Phil Baker said: "These two incidents are clearly concerning because they involve elderly and vulnerable victims.

"In both incidents the offender has used force to push past the occupants and, in one case, stolen cash.

"Any information relating to these incidents is important, so I would please ask anyone who can help our investigations to contact us.

"I'd also appeal for those who have elderly neighbours to regularly look out for them and check that they are OK."

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