Evil burglar terrifies elderly man

A PENSIONER viciously stabbed in his home by a robber is today too frightened to sleep or open his front door.Neville Sizer, 75, was grabbed around the throat, stabbed in two places in his arm and pushed to the floor by an evil attacker during a horrific robbery.

A PENSIONER viciously stabbed in his home by a robber is today too frightened to sleep or open his front door.

Neville Sizer, 75, was grabbed around the throat, stabbed in two places in his arm and pushed to the floor by an evil attacker during a horrific robbery.

Today, Mr Sizer, who lives alone in Ipswich, has bravely described how he yelled out for help as he thought he was going to be killed.

He said: “There was a knock at the door and a man was there saying he had been sent round by a friend of mine.

“As soon as I opened the door he grabbed me round the neck and put his arm round my throat.

“I was in agony and struggling to breathe and I thought he was going to kill me.

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“He saw an empty wallet and just kept shouting 'money, money, money'.

“I kept trying to tell him I was a pensioner and I haven't got any money.

“He pushed me on to the floor and took my watch but as I was struggling and shouting for help he stabbed me.

“I'm scared to go to sleep at night now and won't answer the door unless I know who it is.”

The Evening Star revealed yesterday how 57 properties in north west Ipswich alone have been hit by burglars in the past month.

Police issued an urgent warning to homeowners to fit light timers and deadlocks on doors for reinforced security.

However, Mr Sizer has a bolt on his door and thought he was safe in his home.

He said: “I'm trying to get into accommodation now where there's a warden. I really don't want to live here anymore even though I've been here five years without problems.

“I first woke up about ten minutes earlier when I heard a young boy making noise outside. I shouted at him and he got on his bike and rode away so I went to bed.

“Then I had the knock on the door.”

The attack happened at 5am on Wednesdayand a second blow came on Thursday when a window of his Pelican Close home was smashed.

Mr Sizer has bravely helped police investigating the crime to put together an e-fit of his attacker, in the hope it will lead to his capture.

He had a gold wristwatch and mobile phone stolen in the robbery and has been left with stab wounds in his left wrist and upper arm and sore grazes on his face and both elbows, caused by him being dragged along the floor.

The attacker is described as a black male, between 20 and 30 years old with a slim build and around 6ft 3ins tall. He had a moustache and wore dark trousers and a woolly jacket or jumper.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Dc Tim Wheatley at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500.

Mr Sizer's attack came just one day before an 85-year-old woman was targeted by distraction burglars.

Two men went to the woman's Nayland home, on the Harpers Estate, at 12.30pm yesterday

The men claimed they were from the gas board but after they gained entry to the house they took money and left.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dc John Gibbens at Sudbury CID on 01284 774300.

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