A WOULD-BE burglar yelped in pain and fled empty-handed after being struck twice by a plucky pensioner wielding a torch.
A 77-year-old woman found the intruder in her hall and grabbed the nearest thing she could find - a torch - to hit him.
She had to strike him a second time when he tried to grab a CD player on his way out.
Police said the brave woman was ironing when she heard a noise and discovered the intruder in the kitchen of her home on Morris Avenue, Newbold, Chesterfield. A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “She heard a noise, went to see what was going on, and found a man in her house.
“She challenged him and he told her he had come to see if she wanted any odd jobs doing.
“She told him to clear off, and had a torch at hand, so she picked it up and hit him over his shoulder with it.
“As he was on his way out he tried to pick up a CD player, so she whacked him over the wrist with the torch again.
“He howled and made off.”
She said the intruder was white, with a “scrawny, weasel like” thin face. He was clean shaven and wearing a black woolly hat and an Army style khaki green jacket.
He was last seen making off towards Lucas Road.
Witnesses to the incident at 10.50am on Tuesday, or anyone who can identify the culprit, should call Derbyshire Police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers.