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Estate agent fights off three masked burglars in Rochdale home

Asif Ali CCTV Image copyright Asif Ali
Image caption Asif Ali started punching the intruders

An estate agent fought off a gang of masked men who broke into his home, forcing the gang to flee.

Asif Ali, 35, was working in his kitchen in Rochdale at about 21:15 BST on Tuesday when he saw a man dressed in black in his living room.

CCTV footage shows him grappling in turn with the burglars before chasing after them with a kitchen knife.

Mr Ali said: "I wasn't scared, I was just angry. I guess the adrenaline kicked in."

Mr Ali said he acted on instinct when he saw the first man in his house.

"I started punching him and I think I might have broken his nose," he said.

Image copyright Asif Ali
Image caption Asif Ali said he acted to protect his wife Charlotte, 30, who was upstairs in bed

"I then saw a second man heading towards the stairs - I flew at him because my wife was upstairs in bed."

A third man appeared and he ended up fighting them all as he tried to force the intruders out of the house. A fourth man was waiting outside the front door.

Mr Ali said: "My wife doesn't want to live here - she is very shaken. She is staying with family at the moment but I am not going to be scared off by this. I am very angry."

Greater Manchester Police has been contacted for a comment.

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