A MAN suffered serious head injuries after he was attacked by intruders he discovered in his South Yorkshire home.
The 52-year-old had just returned home after walking his dog when he found intruders in his kitchen.
Police said the offenders attacked him in his house on Grange Avenue, Woodsetts, near Rotherham, before one of them chased him down his street and assaulted him again.
The man was left slumped in the road with serious head injuries and the attacker who chased him was seen jumping into the passenger seat of a blue coloured car which drove from the scene.
The victim was rushed to Bassetlaw Hospital for treatment and was discharged three days later.
Neighbours said he has not yet returned to the semi-detached home he shares with his 45-year-old wife.
One man, who was unable to get into his house on the day of the attack after police sealed off the road, said he was shocked at the violence.
“It is very strange for something like this to happen in broad daylight and for the burglar to have been chased down the street by the intruder he found in his home,” he said.
“The first I knew of this was when I tried to get into my house but found police everywhere and the street sealed off.
“We couldn’t get back in for a night so we had to find somewhere else to sleep.
“It is very shocking to hear of things like this happening on your doorstep.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “All anyone round here knows is what the police have said - that he was attacked by somebody he found in his house.
“There are lots of rumours going round.”
Another woman said: “It is frightening for this to happen here - it is a very quiet part of Woodsetts, not what you would expect at all.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The 52-year-old man had been walking his dog and returned to his home to find intruders in his kitchen.
“His wife, 45, was upstairs at the time.
“The 52-year-old is understood to have been attacked inside his house before managing to run down Grange Avenue. He was chased and caught by one of the intruders who allegedly beat him several times causing serious head injuries.
“Officers believe the attacker then got into the passenger door of a blue-coloured car and fled the scene.
Anyone with information about the incident at 6.15pm on Friday, September 16, should call Detective Constable Tom Woodward at Rotherham’s Main Street police station on 01709 832265 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
n Detectives investigating the incident arrested a 21-year-old Nottinghamshire man on suspicion of attempted murder and released him on bail after questioning.
He will be spoken to again by police after further enquiries are carried out.