A hero schoolboy told today how he chased off two burglars – by threatening them with a SAW.
Brave Cameron Harrison, 13, was home alone when he came face-to-face with one of the intruders after he was woken by a noise outside his bedroom.
The schoolboy challenged the man when he stuck his head around the door and immediately sprung out of bed to pursue him.
As he ran downstairs after the crook, Cameron grabbed a saw which had been left on the landing of his house in Worcester by builders who were repairing the floor.
He found the man holding armfuls of his family’s belongings – so raised the tool above his head and chased the burglar and his accomplice who was keeping watch out of the house and down the street.
After the man made off Cameron ran back inside and phoned mum Lisa Sawyer, 41, who called police.
Another burglar, Darren Dowie, 37, who was waiting outside was caught a short time later.
On Monday Dowie was jailed for two years at Worcester Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to burglary.
Judge Richard Rundell told the court Dowie had been caught thanks to the “extremely brave” actions of Cameron.
Cameron told today how leapt into action after coming face-to-face with the raider.
He said: “I woke up after I heard a loud noise outside my room, then this man put his head around my door.
“I said ‘who are you?’ and he disappeared back on to the landing.
“So I pulled on my t-shirt and shorts and started to head downstairs, but before I did I grabbed a saw to protect myself.
“When I got downstairs the man had loads of our belongings in his hands so I shouted to stop and just started chasing him out of the back door and down the garden path.
“I stopped when I go to the bottom of the garden and went back to phone mum and tell her what had happened.
“He was a bit taller than me so I felt quite scared but not as much as I thought I would.
“I was just angry he was in our house and I wanted to protect the family.
“I’d definitely do it again, a lot of my mates have said they think it’s great but they don’t think they could do what I did.
“I feel proud of what I did.”
Police never caught the man in the house but accomplice Dowie, who acted as a lookout, was arrested nearby.
Proud mum-of-two Lisa, who has moved away from the property since the burglary on May 25 this year, said she was proud of her hero son.
The deli assistant said: “The thought of someone breaking in and going through all your things is horrible, but to actually be there when it happens must be terrifying.
“I was quite shocked when I heard what Cameron did, I thought he’d be scared but he held it together very well.
“It was a bit of luck that we were having the floors done at the time, I think the sight of him running downstairs holding a saw in his hands probably put them off a bit.
“He was a hero that day, I’m very proud of him.”