DAD TACKLES ARMED RAIDERS

Adrian Draper, security camera films as two gun men force their way into his home on Lathkill Avenue, Cotmanhay.
Adrian Draper, security camera films as two gun men force their way into his home on Lathkill Avenue, Cotmanhay.
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A DAD who wrestled with two armed men after they burst into his home on Saturday morning has vowed to help the police catch his attackers.

Adrian Draper answered the door of his Lathkill Avenue home in Cotmanhay to two hooded men on Saturday morning at about 11.30am, with one of them ramming a gun into his stomach.

By chance the whole incident was captured on a security camera in Mr Draper’s living room that he was testing out before installing it.

The 43-year-old told the Advertiser: “I’ve been looking at the footage and cleaning it up to try and get a clearer view of who it is that did this.”

Footage captured on the camera shows the two hooded men repeatedly punching Mr Draper as he struggled to fight them off.

One of the weapons, which Adrian thought was a handgun at the time of the attack, was left behind by the men.

Police investigating the incident have since said that it is an imitation weapon or possibly a toy.

The other weapon has still not been recovered.

Mr Draper said: “I’m so angry that this happened in my own home, my 15-year-old daughter was upstairs.”

As soon as the men made off he called 999.

As a result of the attack he suffered gashes to the back of his head, a black eye and bruising to his body.

Paramedics treated him at the scene.

He said: “I was covered in blood. The paramedics wanted me to go to hospital but I wanted to stay at home to sort out the footage as I knew it would have recorded the attack.

“I’m hoping it will help the police find whoever is responsible for this.”

Officers said that the victim did manage to hit one of the attackers who may now have injuries to his face.

Adrian described them as white, in their early twenties and around five feet eight inches tall.

One had a medium build and dark brown hair, the other was of a stocky build.

A police spokesman said that the men fled the scene in the direction of Skeavington’s Lane in an old red car.

Extra patrols have been in place since the incident.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 0345 1233333 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.