POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an intruder was disturbed trying to force open the back door of a house.
The crook was caught in the act by the resident who had heard noises coming from the back door at his home in Thetford Road, in the Fens area of Hartlepool.
When confronted, at around 5.10pm on Sunday, December 16, the man made off in the direction of Catcote Road.
Police released a description of the suspect describing him as white, about 5ft 8ins-tall, aged around 30, unshaven, with pointy features and of a scruffy appearance.
He was also wearing a deerstalker hat.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information following an incident in which a man was disturbed trying to force open the rear door of an address on Thetford Road, in Hartlepool.
“The man was confronted by the resident of the address, who had heard noises at the door. When confronted, the suspect made off in the direction of Catcote Road.”
Anyone who may have seen the man in the area around the time of the incident, or anyone with further information, is asked to contact Detective Constable Karen McManus of Hartlepool CID on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.