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Masked burglars beat Barnsley grandfather with iron bar

George Robinson
Image caption Mr Robinson said he and his wife wanted to move after the attack

A grandfather has told how he fought off five masked burglars who attacked him in his South Yorkshire home.

The men burst into the kitchen of George Robinson's home in Barnsley on Sunday and demanded safe keys from him and his wife.

When he refused to hand them over Mr Robinson said he was beaten with an iron bar. The men left with the safe after he stabbed one with a dart.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them.

Mr Robinson, 59, said: "They just came in saying 'give me the safe keys, give me the safe keys'.

"Because I wouldn't give them them they just set about hitting me with their fist, iron bar.

"Everytime I wouldn't give them it they brayed [beat] me again with the iron bar.

"They panicked after I stabbed one of them in the leg with a dart... and they left."

'Very distressing'

Mr Robinson said the safe contained "several thousand pounds", gold jewellery and war medals belonging to his grandfather.

He added: "I'll make a good recovery but we can't live here anymore.

"My wife just can't go into the kitchen at night time."

Det Ch Insp Sean Middleton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "This offence was very distressing for the victims.

"We have a team of detectives currently investigating this crime and have several lines of inquiry."

Mr Middleton urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Barnsley CID or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

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