Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'They Barged Past Me into the Porch , and That's When the One Wearing a Ski Mask Pulled out a Machete ' Couple Tell of Attack Terror

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'They Barged Past Me into the Porch , and That's When the One Wearing a Ski Mask Pulled out a Machete ' Couple Tell of Attack Terror

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Byline: KERRY WOOD

MASKED men armed with a machete left a pensioner with a cut head in a bizarre attack on his Tyneside home.

David Paul, 66, was watching TV with his partner when he answered the doorbell of their bungalow.

But as he answered the door, he was confronted by the ski-masked men, one of whom pulled the machete from under his coat.

Reeling from the terrifying doorstep attack, Mr Paul and partner Kathleen O'Connor, 60, told how they feared they'd die at the hands of the gang.

With blood still on their living room floor and the front door hanging off its hinges, the couple relived the ordeal and said they were simply desperate to get some normality back into their lives.

Ms O'Connor, who suffers from breathing difficulties caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said: "I was terrified, I thought he was going to die.

"I didn't want David to challenge them, but he wouldn't let me past and was shouting to phone the police. I'm in shock about the whole thing."

The couple's ordeal began just after 8pm on Tuesday when they were watching TV.

Mr Paul said: "The doorbell rang so I got up, and when I opened the door there were three masked nutters stood on the doorstep. I had no time to think. It was still light outside and there they were on the doorstep masked. They barged past me into the porch area, and that's when the one wearing a ski mask pulled out a machete from his coat.

"They were trying to push past me to get into the living room shouting 'We're not frightened of you or the police,' but I wouldn't let them past me. I was shouting for Kathleen to run next door and call the police."

Still brandishing the knife the masked raiders grappled with Mr Paul, punching him in the head and shoving him into the living room door of the bungalow.

Desperate to block them from getting in, Mr Paul continued to try and push them out of his home shouting that police were on their way.

The men then fled from the property, one in a row of bungalows in the quiet Hillside in The Lonnen, South Shields.

With their home just a few streets away from the prestigious Cleadon Towers development - where properties sell for in excess of PS500,000 - the couple said they have no clue why they were targeted. …

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