Knife wielding burglar attacks man in his Chudleigh home
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a burglar wielding an eight-inch knife attacked a man in his home.
The man, who lives with his elderly mother, fought off the knifeman in the kitchen of the home where he lives.
Although there is nothing to suggest they are connected there have been a number of break-ins around the Moor View area of Chudleigh
The knifeman broke in together with an accomplice on Friday, February 1, at around 6pm.
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A police spokesman said: "This was an aggravated burglary. The suspect is believed to have been in possession of a knife with an eight-inch blade.
"The suspect is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, 5ft 10ins and of slight build. He was wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up, dark jeans and white shoes."
A bum bag, wallet and a small amount of cash were taken, police confirmed.
PC Kerri Hoskin-Cole, the Chudleigh investigating officer, said: "Although this is a distressing crime, it is relatively rare.
"We understand there may have been witnesses, so if you saw anything that may help us with our inquiries please get in touch."
A neighbour of the victim said: "He lives there with his mum who I think is in her 80s and he looks after her.
"It was on Friday, quite early in the evening. There was someone standing in his kitchen with a knife.
"There was a big confrontation and the burglar was waving this knife about all over the place.
"Then he tried to make a run for it, but my neighbour stuck his foot against the door and wouldn't let him out of the kitchen.
"That's when he realised there was another burglar in the house because the man with the knife started screaming to his mate 'Get me out of here'.
"It is worrying that there have been so many break-ins lately. It's terrible.
"I've lived here for 18 years and it's really changed lately."
Another neighbour said: "I am scared. I have three dogs and I have put up a sign on my gate that the dogs are allowed to run loose as a warning to anybody who tries to break in here.
"I have lived in Chudleigh for 30 years, and all around here it's the kind of neighbourhood where you leave your door open during the day because we all drop in to each other's houses.
"I never used to think of locking up until I go to bed at night. But not any more because these break-ins have been at 6pm and 8.30am."
Another neighbour, who also asked not to be named, said: "I know of five burglaries in the last month in Moor View and around the corner in Foundry Way."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Hoskin-Cole on 101 quoting JC/13/51 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.