Give that man a DB

This guy deserves a medal and a DB:

A burglar got more than he bargained for in Ashburton on Monday night after attempting to hold up an elderly couple in their home with a gun.

It started with the door bell ringing at 8pm, but within moments of the front door opening, 78-year-old Jim Heath had tackled the intruder down a set of stairs after the would-be robber presented a pistol in his hand.

With his wife inside, Mr Heath took immediate action.

I just tackled him and sent him down here, and I landed on top of him,” he says.

The attacker took off, with nothing to show for his efforts.

The couple, who have been married for 52 years, have worked as Christian pastors for three decades.

Their home is their sanctuary and they’ve won several gardening awards together.

Despite the ordeal, they had a message of forgiveness for their attacker.

“We would tell him about Jesus, and the Lord is not against him,” Mr Heath says.

They could get that opportunity – police were on the case today, and are appealing for sightings of suspicious activity around Todd Pl.

Ashburton police denied Newshub’s interview request, but released a statement saying they generally discourage anyone from confronting offenders, particularly if they are armed or aggressive.

Mr Heath says he didn’t think before he acted.

He wasn’t coming in our house, and that’s probably an instinct that I have.

Castle doctrine laws might be helpful.

As usual the Police tell us all to hide and wait god knows how long for them to turn up while an armed intruder is intent on carnage. No thanks. I’d do precisely what this guy did, but probably with a bit more force.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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