A HEROIC pensioner is in hospital with serious head injuries – after trying to prevent a burglary being committed near his Doncaster home.
Detectives are today appealing for help after the OAP was assaulted when he intervened to stop a break-in at an off-licence next door, during the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The incident happened at around 12.20am on January 1 when the 65-year-old heard noises coming from an alleyway at the side of his property on Warmsworth Road, Balby, and went to investigate.
When he reached the alleyway he saw two males apparently trying to burgle the shop.
He tried to intervene, but the males struck him in the face and ran off towards Doncaster town centre.
The man suffered a fractured cheekbone and concussion, and was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he remains.
One of them is described as 5ft 4ins, with black hair and a broad face.
The other was slightly taller, around 5ft 5ins, and of thinner build.
Anyone with information about the assault should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 42 of January 1, 2013.
Meanwhile, police reported a quieter-than-usual town centre on New Year’s Eve when only six arrests were made.
From 6pm until midnight on December 31 officers made only one arrest in the town centre, and five more in the first six hours of January 1. The total number of arrests across Doncaster was 11 before midnight and 14 after.
Supt Peter Norman said: “The town centre appeared vibrant but numbers did seem down. Some people clearly decided to either stay at home, or visit their local pubs.
“Up until just after midnight there were only a few isolated incidents of drunken or anti-social behaviour. After midnight we had calls throughout Doncaster with reports of noise nuisance, over-enthusiastic party- goers and isolated drunken behaviour.”