|Dad grapples with intruder in front of his young children
A man fought with an intruder to protect his young family during an attempted burglary in Wigan.
It happened at the man's home on Moxon Way in Ashton-in-Makerfield at about 6pm on Tuesday 9 October 2012.
The man, who is 34, was at home with his two young children - a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl - and two other children aged eight and seven-years-old who are friends of the family.
The intruder, who was wearing dark clothing and a scarf to cover his face, came in through the unlocked front door demanding cash.
Fearing for the safety of his partner and children, the man confronted the intruder at the living room door and a scuffle broke out, during which the would-be thief tried to attack the homeowner but he managed to block the punches.
The offender then picked up a child's scooter, ran outside and used the toy to smash the living room window before fleeing empty-handed.
It is believed he fled in the direction of Golbourne Road.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Andrew Partington, of Wigan CID, said: "This family are completely at a loss to explain why they have been targeted. Like many families they are struggling to make ends meet and are by no means wealthy so there seems to be little reason, other than desperation on the offender's part, why they should have been targeted in this way.
"What is not in doubt is the effect this has had on this man and his family. They are clearly very upset that they have been put through this ordeal and to make matters worse it happened in view of young children.
"It is very important we find whomever is responsible for this senseless crime and that is why I am appealing to people in this community to help.
"If you have any information at all then please call us. A member of the public stopped to speak with the man's partner but she is unable to remember her details, so if you were that person then please get in touch as you could have vital information."
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.