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Lettings agent ejects violent burglars while working from home

35-year-old Asif Ali from Lancashire hailed as hero after tackling three hooded men who broke into his family home.

Nigel Lewis

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A lettings agent has been hailed as a hero after fighting off three hooded burglars at his house in Rochdale who broke in while he was working from home.

35-year-old Asif Ali, who is a director of B&B Lettings in Rochdale as well as a clothing company, was working on his computer at approximately 9pm on Tuesday this week when one and then two more men entered his home, alerting his dogs.

“I went to see what was going on and there was someone standing there dressed head-to-toe in black,” he told local media.

Kitchen knife

Ali then tackled the three burglars and at one point chased them off the property with a kitchen knife, all of which was caught on his home’s CCTV camera.

“I wasn’t scared, I was just angry. I guess the adrenaline kicked in,” he told the BBC, claiming that he may have broken one of the burglar’s noses, who he claims knew the house was occupied.

“I then saw a second man heading towards the stairs – I flew at him because my wife was upstairs in bed.”

Ali says his wife Charlotte is now so shaken up that she no longer wants to live at the address and is currently staying with family.

Watch the CCTV footage here.

Read more about Rochdale.

September 26, 2019


  1. Absolute HERO Ali – well done for protecting your wife and property so bravely.

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