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Home invasion BLOODBATH: Hero dad fights off 'masked machete gang' who attacked son

A DAD single-handedly fought off a gang of five robbers after they burst into his home wielding machetes, baseball bats and golf clubs.


**WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW**

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HOME INVASION: David Pugh heroically fought off the thugs who burst into his Solihull home

David Pugh, 55, had been asleep when the thugs stormed his home demanding cash before they started attacking his teenage son and 20-week-old puppy.

He leapt into action and bravely fought off the masked men with his bare hands despite them being armed to the teeth.

The have-ago-hero managed to send the gang packing empty-handed from his detached home in Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull, West Mids.

Graphic photos show Mr Pugh covered in blood and with a broken nose after he used his martial arts skills to heroically protect his home.

The assault lasted ten minutes before the masked men eventually turned tail and fled.

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HERO DAD: David Pugh defended his son and dog Zeus from the gang of five thugs

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SOLIHULL: Thugs broke in through the back door before storming David Pugh's home

“I was getting hit repeatedly on the head - they had machetes, a baseball bat and a golf club.”

David Pugh

He awoke to find the balaclava-clad men standing at the top of the stairs after they smashed into the £400,000 property yesterday at around 3am.

David, who is trained in Israeli self-defence combat Krav Maga, said "instinct took over" when he found them attacking his 17-year-old son and Rottweiler puppy Zeus.

The sales manager said he then helped rescue his son while also fighting off other attackers and fended them off by throwing bottles of after-shave and chairs.

The dad-of-two said: "There was a loud bang at 3am when they smashed the patio doors to get in but I thought Zeus had knocked something over.

"By the time I got out of bed, totally naked, I was approaching the door and it was kicked in.”

He added: "I was getting hit repeatedly on the head - they had machetes, a baseball bat and a golf club.

"I was desperately trying to get to my son's room. but I had so many splits to my head, I was drenched in blood.”

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PUP: Zeus the dog was hit in the head before running into a nearby canal

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BLOODBATH: David Pugh's home was left drenched in gore after the attack

David said his son got a cut to his head, a swollen knee and a badly bruised arm after he got hit with the baseball bat three times.

Meanwhile, the dog was left “traumatised” after being hit in the head before running into their garden and falling into a nearby canal.

The dad said: “The police said it was one of the most brutal attacks in a home they had ever seen.

"They didn't leave with anything which is the only silver lining."

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Police were alerted at 3.09am this to a break-in at an address in Lugtrout Lane, Catherine de Barnes, after a group of men had forced their way into the property and attacked the occupants.

"Officers arrived eight minutes after the 999 call. House to house enquiries have been carried out, CCTV is being examined and items recovered for forensic analysis.

"Investigations continue and anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting log number 204 13/2."

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