Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Have-a-Go Grandad Leaps into Action to Take on a Burglar

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Have-a-Go Grandad Leaps into Action to Take on a Burglar

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Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson

Serial have-a-go hero Ray Wilson told today how he tackled a burglar who raided his home.

Ray, 62, sprang into action when he heard Paul Williams sneak into his house through the front door.

And the grandad caught baby-faced heroin addict Williams red-handed in the dining room holding his photo printer and camera box.

When Williams tried to make off, Ray jumped on him and punched him. As they grappled on the floor, Ray's 61-year-old wife Doris came to help but in the struggle she injured her wrist and Williams escaped.

But their efforts paid off when police caught the culprit after they matched his DNA from a hat that was knocked off at the scene.

Today Williams is behind bars after he was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting the raid and eight other similar burglaries in the Gateshead area.

And at Newcastle Crown Court Judge Beatrice Bolton awarded Ray pounds 300 from public funds after commending his courage.

Speaking to the Chronicle, dad-of-three Ray revealed he is no stranger to fighting crime. He has stopped two other burglars from breaking into houses in his street, prevented a car from being stolen and, 19 years ago marched a runaway car thief back to waiting police after the vehicle crashed into the front of his house, killing the teenage driver.

Today Ray, of Joicey Road, Gateshead, said: "I don't see myself as a hero. I just did what I had to do. On this occasion, back in November, I heard the door go and I went into the dining room to see who was there. I saw the lad with my photo printer and a camera box.

"I shouted at him and he ran but I jumped on him and he fell down in the porch. We struggled but I couldn't keep hold of him and I shouted for Doris to help. She tried to hold on but she hurt her wrist and the burglar ran out the front door.

"He got away with a camera which he had put in his pocket, a watch, a mobile phone and my wife's purse with her credit cards and about pounds 50 in cash. …

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