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11-year-old sees off robber attempting to steal Playstation

BRAVE BOY: Eleven-year-old Sam Connolly whacked a would-be thief with a metal pole when he found him in his house. Pictured with his father Ian Connolly.
BRAVE BOY: Eleven-year-old Sam Connolly whacked a would-be thief with a metal pole when he found him in his house. Pictured with his father Ian Connolly. Kate Czerny

NOT many adults would have acted as boldly as 11-year-old Sam Connolly did when coming face to face with a robber.

The schoolboy from Brassall confronted an intruder after he arrived home and heard a loud noise downstairs.

Sam said he got home as usual shortly before 3pm on Thursday.

"I looked downstairs and there was someone there so I walked to the kitchen and grabbed a bike handle bar," he said.

"The man looked at me and I told him to leave, he didn't so I hit him over the head with it.

"I wasn't scared, I was really angry, he was trying to steal my brother's PlayStation."

According to the schoolboy the man, dressed in black, then fled the house heading north on North High St.

Sam's father, Ian Connolly, who arrived home minutes after the incident, was shocked to hear what had happened.

"When I got home I was a bit worried about him but he did well," he said.

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"I'm quite proud of him, he stood up for his rights and that's what you should do.

"More people need to start standing up for their rights in their homes.

"Your home is your castle."

Mr Connolly said he was very impressed with the swift response by police.

"One thing about police in Brassall is they are very quick to respond to calls," he said.

"They were there in about 10 minutes."

Inspector Keith McDonald said investigations were still ongoing, but at this stage the robbery did not appear to be linked to other crimes in the area.

"The good part here is the victim wasn't hurt in any way when he could have been in a lot of trouble," he said.

"Sam was very fortunate.

"This serves as a reminder to everybody to lock their doors and windows when they aren't home and to exercise a high level of security."

Topics:  attempted robbery




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