AN 88-year-old man was terrified for his life as he was threatened by an armed robber who broke into his house demanding cash.
Robert Barker, who lives on the Bramshall Road and has mobility difficulties, was the victim of an armed robbery at his home.
The robber, who carried an unidentified weapon, broke down two doors in Mr Barker’s property and demanded his money.
Mr Barker said: “I was threatened by a hooded burglar with a great big cudgel.
“All I could see were his two eyes, I couldn’t identify him or say whether I had seen him before.
“I couldn’t even say what colour his eyes were.
“He broke both the doors down and asked me where my cash was.
“I told him the truth; I said I had put it in the bank on Thursday.
“I said I would call 999.
“He said you won’t and smashed my phone until it broke.
“I have a job to walk and I was frightened for my life.
“I was convinced I would be killed.”
An axe was found in the bushes outside of Mr Barker’s house, which is suspected to have been the weapon carried by the intruder.
Police took away the axe to conduct further forensic examinations as to the identity of the burglar.
Mr Barker, a former town councillor, who was noticeably shaken up by the experience, added: “I have no idea what the weapon was but I was very scared.
“It was very frightening.
“I didn’t know I had it in me to get rid of him but I waved my walking stick at him.
“It’s difficult when you live on your own to defend yourself against theft.
“I wasn’t sure what time it was but I had gone to bed for 5pm and it was after then.
“I was lying down on the bed when he forced his way in through two doors.
“I’m on two sticks, in my eighty-eighth year and this man was hooded, wielding a great big cudgel.
“I don’t think it was an axe but I couldn’t tell.
“After he left I plugged in my other phone so I could phone 999 as the old one was unusable because he had smashed it to pieces.
“The police have been very good.
“They were here until half past 11 on the evening and I have made a statement.
“I don’t know whether there were two of them or just the one that came in.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We were called to reports of a burglary at the address of Mr Barker at 8.12pm on Sunday, September 15.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone who may have information relating to the robbery is asked to telephone Staffordshire Police on 101 or alternatively phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.