DETECTIVES in St Helens are investigating after a man was assaulted after being confronted by a burglar who had broken into a neighbour’s house.
On August 3, the 50-year-old man had gone to investigate after hearing a noise coming from his next door neighbour’s house in Eaton Road, Dentons Green at around 5pm.
As he entered the house he was confronted by an unknown man who then assaulted him before leaving the property via a rear door.
It is believed the offender then climbed over the rear fence into the grounds of St Helens Crematorium.
The 50-year-old was treated in hospital for a small cut to his head and has been left distressed following the incident. No-one else was in the property at the time.
The offender is described as being a white, in his early 20s, of a stocky build and with pale skin. He was wearing dark coloured clothing.
Detective Inspector Paul Unsworth said: “I want to reassure people that incidents like this are very rare and we are doing everything we can to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident to trace and arrest the person responsible.
“I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious near to the property around 5pm on that night, or has any other information which could help us, to get in touch. No matter how trivial you think that information is, it could prove vital to the investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives at St Helens CID on 0151 777 6881 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.