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Elderly man beats burglar with walking stick

The man hit the burglar with his walking stick. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

An elderly man has been injured after defending himself when a burglar broke into his Kingswinford home at the weekend.

The 88-year-old had fallen asleep in a chair when the man forced his way through a bedroom window of the property in Marley Road just after midnight on 26 July.

After searching the room, the man moved to the living room where he disturbed the occupant who hit out at him with his walking stick.

The elderly man suffers with poor vision and has frail skin which tore during the struggle.

Fortunately his injuries will heal and he shouldn’t suffer any long term ill effects. He is quite resilient, but it was still a shocking experience for him.

"Nothing was stolen during the break-in, but we need to catch the offender to prevent this happening to anyone else, so I am asking anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact me on 101.

"Equally if anyone has any information about who might be responsible, I would ask them to examine their conscience and do the right thing."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Hall

Forensic experts have gone over the property for clues and house to house enquiries have been carried out.


Npower to close office where 300 people work

The energy firm Npower have announced it is to close its office in Dudley where almost 300 people are employed.

The company said some staff would be relocated to other branches from the Kingswinford office:

"Following a strategic review of our sites, it was identified, last July, that the Kingswinford office will be closing at some stage this year.

Some of our people will be relocated . There is an ongoing review with RWE IT staff who will also be affected by this closure.

We will update our people first on any changes that will affect them, as they are our number one priority."

– Npower spokesperson