20th Jul, 2019

Father fights off armed robbers in Catherine-de-Barnes home

Sarah Mason 19th Feb, 2018

A HAVE-A-GO hero homeowner single-handedly fought off a gang of five robbers using his martial arts skills after they burst into his Catherine-de-Barnes home wielding machetes.

David Pugh had been asleep when the thugs stormed his Lugtrout Lane home demanding cash before they started attacking his teenage son and 20-week-old puppy.

The 55-year-old leapt into action and bravely fought off the masked men with his bare hands despite them being armed with machetes as well as baseball bats and golf clubs.

Incredibly, he managed to send the gang packing empty-handed from his home after a ten minute struggle.

But graphic photographs show the extent of David’s injuries after he suffered a broken nose and facial injuries courageously defending his home.

He awoke to find the balaclava-clad men standing at the top of the stairs after they smashed into the £400,000 property on February 13 at around 3am.

David, who is trained in Krav Maga, said “instinct took over” when he found them attacking his 17-year-old son and Rottweiler puppy Zeus.

The sales manager said he then helped rescue his son while also fighting off other attackers and fended them off by throwing bottles of after-shave and chairs.

The dad-of-two said: “There was a loud bang at 3am when they smashed the patio doors to get in but I thought Zeus had knocked something over.

“By the time I got out of bed I was approaching the door and it was kicked in.

“The men kept shouting “where’s the money, give us your money’

“I grabbed the first couple I could, it turned into a brawl and a battle. I just grabbed what I could and hit them with aftershave bottles and chairs.

“I was getting hit repeatedly on the head – they had machetes, a baseball bat and a golf club.

“I was desperately trying to get to my son’s room.

“We have a puppy and he got a blow to the head, he ended up running into the garden, he fell into the canal- he was hypothermic.

“A guy called Andy, a canoeist, found him and took him to Birmingham Dogs Home and warmed him up.

“I took quite a few blows to the head and my son got a cut to his head as well, he tried to fight them off.

“He got hit by the bat about three times and he can hardly walk, his knee is all swollen up and we thought his arm was broken but it is badly bruised.

“You don’t expect something like this in your home.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “Police were alerted at 3.09am this to a break-in at an address in Lugtrout Lane, Catherine de Barnes, after a group of men had forced their way into the property and attacked the occupants.

“Officers arrived eight minutes after the 999 call. House to house enquiries have been carried out, CCTV is being examined and items recovered for forensic analysis.

“Investigations continue and anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting log number 204 13/2.”

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