Pensioner 85 fights off burglars with billiard cue

She said: “He had a hood up and something over his face. I shouted: ‘What are you doing?’ I was angry and upset.””He turned and ran down the stairs into the porch. He legged it down the stairs.”She said she locked the front door and saw her grandfather on his back on the floor near the radiator.”He was covered in blood and he had some sort of stick in his hand and he was in a lot of pain. It looked like a snooker cue in his hand,” she said.There was a lot of glass and a lot of blood on the floor and walls, she said.Roderick McDonald, 52, of Luxembourg Close, Luton and Stephen Simons, 44, of Brook Street, Luton deny aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm to Michael Ring on 10 August last year.Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told the jury that DNA recovered from broken glass on the floor in the conservatory was swabbed and found to match McDonald. CCTV from outside the house showed Simons before he put on a balaclava, she said. Mr Ring said he suffered cuts from a Stanley knife in the struggle. He set the burglar alarm off and when the black man ran upstairs he was confronted by his granddaughter Emma Price who had called the police, and was shouting at him.The man ran back down stairs and kicked Mr Ring in the chest.He said the black man ran out of the front of the house and the white man, who had been ransacking the living room, escaped by the way he came in.Mr Ring said the room had been “pulled to pieces” and he was bleeding everywhere. He went on: “Then I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back again.”I pulled back the curtain [in the living room] and I saw two gentlemen in the conservatory.”There was a bolt holding the doors and they were having difficulty trying to get in.”He said he saw a white man, alleged to be Roderick McDonald, working on the bottom of the door and a black man, alleged to be Stephen Simons, watching him.Mr Ring, who walks with a crutch, said: “I switched on the light in the room hoping to deter them, but they continued as if I wasn’t there.”He said he “rammed” the billiard cue in the face of the white man saying: “He fell backwards and I thought they would disappear, but the [other] chap jumped over the first man and yanked the door. It opened and he came in to fight me. He came in to do battle.”He came straight for me. He pushed me out of the way. I hit him with the billiard cue a couple of times.” CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring’s property Credit:South Beds News Agency They moved a safe from the upstairs but were unable to get it down. After that break-in his son-in-law fitted an alarm and CCTV.Mr Ring, who comes from Cork, said he woke at 5am on 10 August to use the toilet and was awake in bed when he heard a noise. CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring's property  He went on: “The carpet and armchairs were covered in blood – mine unfortunately. I was taken to hospital. I was in a few days. I was in a lot of agony.”In the witness box Ms Price said she was woken at 5am by the sound of smashing glass and voices.She said: “I couldn’t believe it [a burglary] was happening again. I panicked and grabbed my mobile phone. I called 999. I was in a state of shock.”I could hear my granddad saying ‘Call the police.'”Ms Price said she heard her grandfather call out in pain. She went out of her room and saw a man at the top of the stairs. An 84-year-old pensioner who kept a billiard cue by his bed after he was burgled ‘rammed’ it into in the face of one intruder and used it to fend off another.Michael Ring suffered fractured discs in his spine, a black eye, cuts to his wrists and bruising on the brain after taking on the two masked men.In the early hours of 10 August last year, Mr Ring was asleep downstairs at his home in Ashburnham Road, Luton when the men broke in through his conservatory, Luton crown court heard on Thursday.In the witness box Mr Ring, now 85, said: “My granddaughter stayed with me that night – she stayed with me because I had been broken into.”He said he had lived in the four bedroom house since 1965. His wife died in April 2017 and two months later he was burgled. His late wife’s jewellery was taken along with £500.On that occasion the burglars forced their way in through the conservatory and forced open French window doors to get into the living room. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back againPensioner Michael Ring read more

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First quarter of 2018 to focus on SOPs says Local Government

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnsuring ‘high integrity’ of govt nominees holding up LGC -HarmonNovember 25, 2016In “latest news”Communities Minister should take responsibility for ‘chaos’ at LGC, says Ganga PersaudFebruary 19, 2019Similar postRose Hall Town Council instructed by LGC to rescind hiring of Town ClerkApril 20, 2018In “latest news” The recently established Local Government Commission (LGC) says that while it has been busy, much of its time is currently being spent on ensuring the operationalization of its functions in early 2018.The members of the LGC include Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Ministers of Local Government Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore and former Town Clerk of Georgetown, Carol Sooba.President David Granger and the newly sworn-in Commissioners to the Local Government Commission at State HouseThe Commission said it held nine Statutory Meetings during the period of October to December 19, 2017, with primary emphasis of these meetings being the establishment of its Institutional Framework.To that end, the LGC said that it sees “as an integral function the establishment of regulations for the conduct of its affairs and Standard Operating Procedures [SOP’s] for the conduct of the business of the Commission which will guide this entity’s operations even beyond the life of this current Commission. Since this is Guyana’s first such entity, the establishment of proper and effective guidelines of this nature is an imperative which will engage the Commission in the first quarter of 2018.”Moreover, the Commission explained in a statement that it has earmarked a location for the establishment of its operations in Georgetown consistent with the requirements of the Act, and has advertised for the key personnel that would allow its work to progress.An important aspect of the Commission’s Work Plan for 2018, the LGC said, will see the commencement of an extensive outreach, familiarisation programme of visits / meetings to the Ten (10) regions of Guyana.“The purpose of the meetings will be to engage its constituents namely RDCs; Municipalities; NDCs; Amerindian Councils on Policy and Implementation framework on Taxation and other Revenue measures; Protection of the Environment; Service Delivery; Human Resource Development and other related areas mutually identified.”According to the LGC, their initial meetings have also served to allow for the preparation of the Commission’s budget and the allocation of resources in keeping with Section 24.1 of the Local Government Act No.18 of 2013, which states that “The Commission shall determine its own annual budget for submission to the Minister of Finance for inclusion in the annual budget presented to the National Assembly.”The LGC has been allocated $110M in the 2018 Budget, with an additional $1B to be transferred to NDCs and the nine Mayoralties and a further sum of $200M allocated towards improving the City of Georgetown. read more

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