Watch: Hero neighbour chases off three armed burglars

Hero neighbour chases off three armed burglars Photo: Manchester Evening News

A hero neighbour, who chased off three armed burglars who were raiding a house on his street, has said he would "100 per cent, do it again".

The man, who did not want to be named, was caught on CCTV as he bravely fended off the trio, who were brandishing a knife and a hammer.

Watch: Moment three armed burglars are scared off by neighbour

The father-of-two leapt into action when he heard his neighbour’s alarm go off in Leicester Road in Oldham.

The 49-year-old told the Manchester Evening News:

“I ran over and saw a guy in a hi-vis jacket. At first I thought it must have been my neighbour doing some work on his house.

“Then he turned round and looked at me and I saw he had a balaclava on. That’s when I knew.”

Armed raiders strike at a house in Failsworth, Oldham. Credit: Manchester Evening News

I thought it must have been my neighbour doing some work on his house.

– Neighbour
Armed raid captured on CCTV Credit: Manchester Evening News / CCTV

The neighbour dashed back home and told his daughter to call police while he grabbed a piece of wood from his garage and ran back.

He said: “I banged on the door shouting ‘get out, you scumbag’, and I tried to open the door but it was locked. So I ran round the side of the house and kicked the gate open and as I came round the corner I saw there was three of them.

“One of them had a big sharp kitchen knife and another ran at me with the hammer.

“I stood my ground and they shot off.”

Raiders retreat after neighbour interrupts burglary attempt

One of them had a big sharp kitchen knife and another ran at me with the hammer.

– Neighbour

But he said he would “100 per cent” do it again.

“You can’t let them get away with it,” he said.

“It’s so wrong. You go to work to earn money so you can have nice things and they have no respect for people. They’ve got to be caught.”

The incident was caught on cameras installed by the homeowners after a previous burglary. The footage - which has been seen by detectives - shows the gang getting out of a light-coloured BMW X5 and forcing their way in through the back door.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact police on 101.