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Have-a-go hero pensioners with combined age of 229 tackle burglar

The trio wrestled the burglar to the ground. Credit: SWNS

Three have-a-go hero pensioners with a combined age of 229 have been praised after tackling a wanted burglar.

The pensioners, dubbed The Three Musketeers, returned from a lunch to find Stephen Ward standing with a bag of jewellery at the front door.

Peter Mueller, 70, Adly Gorrafa, 81, and Sheila Gorrafa, 78, immediately threw themselves at Ward and bundled him to the ground until police arrived.

The aftermath of the incident in Heanor, Derbyshire, was caught on camera.

Ward, from Heanor, had been wanted by police for 18 months before being caught in June. He has now been jailed for 27 months.

The trio have been handed a Derbyshire Constabulary Award and praised for their "remarkable bravery".

The aftermath of the take-down was caught on camera. Credit: SWNS

Mr Mueller was visiting from Germany when he came across the thief. Mr and Mrs Gorrafa live in America.

He said: "When I opened the door, in the middle of the house was standing the burglar with a bag in his hand.

"He starts to spring out with the bag and, when he went to run past, us we stopped him.

"I took one leg of his so he fell down, and all three of us go on his body and hold him. We cried to the neighbours to call the police.

"With our weight, he had no chance to escape."

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said without the pensioners' help they would not have caught Ward.