Police helicopter scrambled as Eastbourne man confronts intruders

Businessman Pat Owens SUS-160926-112809001
Businessman Pat Owens SUS-160926-112809001

A businessman is warning people to be alert after he came face to face with three masked intruders trying to break into his Eastbourne home at the weekend.

Pat Owens was woken up by the sound of smashing glass at his home in Hazelwood Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday).

He called police and the force helicopter was called into action above Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees to look for the three men he found trying to break in.

A dog unit was also called to the scene.

Mr Owens, who runs ATB Furniture and Removals in Seaside Road, said he was awoken at 2am and the intruders were trying to break in through a kitchen window at the front of his house.

“I went down and when I opened the front door, there were three masked men in the front garden,” he said.

“They were wearing balaclavas.

“One was holding a hammer, the kind that is used to break slate on a roof. He told me to calm down and I went to throw something at them.

“They had broken the lock on the window trying to get in which had knocked some glass jars off the window causing them to smash.

“People should be aware that this kind of thing is happening.”

The trio made off and despite the extensive police search, they were not found.

Mr Owens believes one of the men spoke with a Scottish accent.