A pensioner has told of the dramatic moment he tried to fight off two robbers who stole thousands of pounds of valuables from his home.
Defiant Jeff Wademan, has vowed not to let the raiders get the better of him after they assaulted the 80-year-old when he walked in on them ransacking his Mexborough home.
The brave former school governor grappled with them at his front door before they fled with cash, jewellery, a laptop computer and other valuables.
Reliving the drama for the first time Mr Wademan said: “They came straight at me. I got my arm around the head of one of them and he pushed me back.
“I put my elbow through the window during the struggle and then the other one was pushing forward too. They punched me in the chest and I fell backwards out the front door. Both of them ran off.
“I was shaken up by it but you just act out of instinct. I couldn’t do nothing and just step aside, they were in my own home.
“It all happened so quickly but I thought about it afterwards and they could have had a knife or anything. It was all instinct.
“I’ve tried to move on and get on with things as normal since it happened and not dwell on it. I just hope people give information to the police so they can catch them.”
Mr Wademan is a retired marketing executive for a pharmaceuticals firm and collected some of the items stolen during his career working in west Africa.
The former Mexborough School governor believes this was about the fourth time he has been targeted by burglars in the last 20 years.
He said there had been a break-in in the early 1990s and two more several years ago.
He added: “I’m not sure I have been targeted any more than other people have. There are always these types of people around looking for a way to get in.” The two men who raided his home at 10.50am on June 18 are described as being in their late teens or early 20s.
Mr Wademan said neither wore masks but the incident happened too quickly for him to identify them.
Police have not yet made any arrests.
PC Carl Glossop, the investigating officer, said: “We usually would have had some information in by now but no-one has come forward as yet. If anyone can help please contact us.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 337 of June 18.