Intruder stabs church man, aged 71, in ear

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A LAY reader at a South Yorkshire church is recovering after confronting an intruder who stabbed him when he refused to hand over any money.

Pensioner Trevor Dudhill, a stalwart of St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough, was stabbed in the ear with a knife or a screwdriver during the terrifying incident at his home in Holywell Lane.

A thug demanded money, then attacked 71-year-old Mr Dudhill before escaping.

Mr Dudhill said: “I went downstairs to let the cat out. When I went to use the kitchen again there was a man there. He was threatening me with what I think was a knife, and he kept shouting, ‘Have you got any money?’. I told him I didn’t have any and he shouted, ‘I don’t believe you’. I just wanted to get him away.

“I went towards him and he went for me and I fell to the floor. I sensed something was wrong with my head. He ran out of the back door and in a gut reaction I ran after him.

“I don’t know what I would have done.

“It is only just starting to sink in what a precarious position I was in.”

An 18-year-old male, arrested on suspicion of assault and burglary, is on bail.