Accrington dad attacked with glass bottle in house raid

Mark Hesmondhalgh with girlfriend Suzanne and his son Daniel

Mark Hesmondhalgh with girlfriend Suzanne and his son Daniel

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A DAD-of-one had a glass bottle smashed over his head when he found three burglars in his home.

Mark Hesmondhalgh, 39, was woken by his partner, Suzanne, after she heard somebody inside his house in Spring Street, Accrington.

The pair were sleeping in their ground-floor bedroom when the three intruders entered their home, which had accidentally been left unlocked.

Having been disturbed by Mr Hesmondhalgh, who had picked up a baseball bat which he keeps in the house, two of the burglars ran out of the front door with a pair of air rifles found on the wall.

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However, a third intruder, who Mr Hesmondhalgh had not at first seen, smashed the glass bottle over his head and ran away.

Mr Hesmondhalgh, who lives with his 11-year-old son Daniel, said: “Sue woke up and said she could hear someone in the house.

“I grabbed my baseball bat and went to the door. I saw movement, so I swung the bat and hit one of them on the shoulder.

“Then someone from behind hit me with a bottle, and there was blood shooting out of my head.

“I thought they had shot me, as they had my rifles.

“They ran out on to the front street and they were shouting at me to go out and fight, but they were pointing my guns at me and I was bleeding.”

The burglars got away with the rifles, worth a about £200 each, and a £10 note.

Mr Hesmondhalgh was taken to hospital where he spent six hours and received three stitches.

He said: “It was really frightening, especially for Suzanne.

“When you wake up to that it is not nice.

“I still have a sore head now – I think it is going to be sore for a few weeks.”

Mr Hesmondhalgh said he thought the burglars had been trying doors in the street to gain entry to homes.

He said: “I don’t usually leave the door unlocked, it was just a silly mistake.

“I think they had been trying doors because my neighbour said she heard someone try the door of her house a few nights ago.”

Det Constable Tony Roberts, from Blackburn Police, said: “This was a frightening attack and there was a big ruckus in the street afterwards.

“I would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact me immediately.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to DC Roberts on 01254 353561 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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10:33am Mon 14 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Hope they catch the scum responsible. l would have thought the local community would get wind of those two guns suddenly appearing in the wrong hands. Usually low life,s like house burglars are of limited intelligence and wont be able to keep their mouths shut about their new toys.
Hope they catch the scum responsible. l would have thought the local community would get wind of those two guns suddenly appearing in the wrong hands. Usually low life,s like house burglars are of limited intelligence and wont be able to keep their mouths shut about their new toys. noddy57
  • Score: 11

11:57am Mon 14 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

Shame they didn't find a door unlocked because there were a couple of Rottweilers snoozing in there.
Shame they didn't find a door unlocked because there were a couple of Rottweilers snoozing in there. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Mon 14 Jul 14

shadyladyaccy says...

yeah thats the boy who shot my window and now hes had his guns nicked ha ha now thats funny, now he cant shoot any other windows ha
yeah thats the boy who shot my window and now hes had his guns nicked ha ha now thats funny, now he cant shoot any other windows ha shadyladyaccy
  • Score: 14

2:51pm Mon 14 Jul 14

JPBFC1882 says...

sounds like a nice bloke
Two rifles in the house and a baseball bat he keeps, bet they didn't find a ball to go with it.

Play with fire.......
sounds like a nice bloke Two rifles in the house and a baseball bat he keeps, bet they didn't find a ball to go with it. Play with fire....... JPBFC1882
  • Score: 16

3:51pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Akkybro says...

“I thought they had shot me, as they had my rifles.''

Does he really keep loaded rifles in the house with a youngster present?

Hope they catch the culprits.
“I thought they had shot me, as they had my rifles.'' Does he really keep loaded rifles in the house with a youngster present? Hope they catch the culprits. Akkybro
  • Score: 12

6:40pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Rich Riley says...

I think it's unofficially called a sh1t on sh1t crime!
I think it's unofficially called a sh1t on sh1t crime! Rich Riley
  • Score: 15

7:22pm Mon 14 Jul 14

darwenTower says...

Air rifles on the wall, child in the house, hasn't got the wit to lock the door at night.

I hope social services read these articles.
Air rifles on the wall, child in the house, hasn't got the wit to lock the door at night. I hope social services read these articles. darwenTower
  • Score: 9

9:21pm Mon 14 Jul 14

icannotrace says...

Akkybro wrote:
“I thought they had shot me, as they had my rifles.''

Does he really keep loaded rifles in the house with a youngster present?

Hope they catch the culprits.
I think it's actually worse than that. If you read a post above it sounds like the youngster uses the guns to shoot at neighbours''s windows. Yet another post hits the nail on the head "sh1t on sh1t"
[quote][p][bold]Akkybro[/bold] wrote: “I thought they had shot me, as they had my rifles.'' Does he really keep loaded rifles in the house with a youngster present? Hope they catch the culprits.[/p][/quote]I think it's actually worse than that. If you read a post above it sounds like the youngster uses the guns to shoot at neighbours''s windows. Yet another post hits the nail on the head "sh1t on sh1t" icannotrace
  • Score: 10

10:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

blackburne67 says...

Dont agree with violence towards any individual & I understand the need to protect ones life & property but why would you have a baseball bat underneath your bed & guns in your house.I wonder why he feels the need to go to such lengths to protect his family & house? Sounds to me like he he knows he has enemies.To add to this what sort of msg does hanging guns on the wall send to your children! NOT GOOD!!
Dont agree with violence towards any individual & I understand the need to protect ones life & property but why would you have a baseball bat underneath your bed & guns in your house.I wonder why he feels the need to go to such lengths to protect his family & house? Sounds to me like he he knows he has enemies.To add to this what sort of msg does hanging guns on the wall send to your children! NOT GOOD!! blackburne67
  • Score: 6

11:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

darwenTower says...

He could do with getting his kid to teach him how to do his shoelaces up.
He could do with getting his kid to teach him how to do his shoelaces up. darwenTower
  • Score: 3

10:11am Wed 16 Jul 14

Lancashire Resident says...

Rich Riley wrote:
I think it's unofficially called a sh1t on sh1t crime!
Haha
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: I think it's unofficially called a sh1t on sh1t crime![/p][/quote]Haha Lancashire Resident
  • Score: 1

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