Surrey pensioner fights off armed robbers with broom

An elderly man who fought off two baseball bat wielding robbers with a broom has been praised by police.

Police said the man in his 70s had confronted two raiders who broke into his home in St Paul's Road, Egham Hythe, Surrey, at 2300 BST on Monday.

The pair, who had threatened the man and his partner aged in her 50s, fled empty-handed after he struck them several times with a wooden broom.

Surrey Police carried out house-to-house inquires following the incident.

'Very upsetting'

Det Con Dion O'Shea said: "This was a very concerning incident where a couple were threatened in their home by two desperate and cowardly offenders.

"Fortunately the victims were not injured during the incident but this was clearly a very upsetting experience which has left them both extremely shaken.

"The suspects left the address without taking anything after being forced out by the victims and I would like to praise the occupants for their courage and quick thinking."

The robbers are both white, aged in their early 20s, of medium build and dressed in dark clothes and hooded tops.

Surrey police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact officers.

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