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Pet dog Archie helps brave pensioner (84) fight off masked gang who invaded home


Trevor Derby (84) and his Cairn Terrier Archie

Trevor Derby (84) and his Cairn Terrier Archie

Trevor Derby (84) and his Cairn Terrier Archie

A brave pensioner has told how he fought off a masked gang who invaded his home with the help of his pet dog.

Trevor Derby (84) and his Cairn Terrier Archie are recovering in their Dromore home following the terrifying incident late on Wednesday.

The three masked intruders broke into Trevor's house and sliced a cable off an electric fire, which they used to tie his feet.

The pensioner fought back and was pinned down on his sofa by one of the gang as the others rummaged through his house looking for cash.

Archie attempted to come to his owner's assistance and bit at the heels of one of the gang despite being beaten back by one of the men wielding a stick.

Eventually the gang fled empty-handed and, with his feet still bound, Trevor was forced to crawl through his house to his side door to shout to a neighbour, who called the police

Trevor, a retired lathe engineer whose wife Maud passed away a number of years ago, also lost his only child Stephen in a motorbike accident.

Around 7.30pm on Wednesday he was watching TV when his ordeal began as the gang entered through a side door.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "They cut the cable off the electric fire, that is what they tied me with, tied my feet. They searched the house and said they wanted money but didn't say much more. They had balaclavas on.

"I tried to fight back but they had tied my feet and they pushed me down every time and one of them kept me down. They were here for 10 minutes or so and they went through everything looking for money and the money was sitting up there in a bowl.

"They looked everywhere but there. I had about £20 in it.

"They are not up to much; scoundrels and work-for-nothings. They didn't hurt me, I am feeling all right.

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"I am not worried that something else might happen, I am made of harder stuff than that."

And so is Archie, who did his all to repel the invaders.

Trevor said: "Archie bit at them. They had a lot of sticks tied together and they kept reaching down and hitting him. The first clout or two was pretty hard but he fought back. He didn't give up."

Police are appealing for information following the burglary.

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