A man has been injured after disturbing a group of thieves who were trying to steal a ride-on mower in Ixworth.
Between 7.30pm and 7.45pm yesterday evening, Tuesday March 22, the occupants of a house on Heath Road were alerted to the potential presence of people in the yard following the activation of security lighting.
After looking at their CCTV system they were able to see people close to the mower and other vehicles.
When they went outside to investigate, they discovered three men attempting to hide behind the vehicles in the yard.
On being challenged, the suspects fled the yard and one of them struck a male occupant of the house on the head as he tried to get away.
This caused the victim to suffer a deep cut which required treatment from paramedics.
Other family members pursued the suspects back down the driveway where they then got into a waiting vehicle, which was being driven by a fourth man, and headed along Heath Road in the direction of Troston.
The suspects are described as three white men who had their faces covered.
The victims were not able to get a description of the vehicle the offenders fled in.
Detective Inspector Andrew Smethurst, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “While we commend the bravery of the victims in this instance, we would always advise people not to do anything that would put themselves in harm’s way and that they should call police on 999 immediately.
“The offenders appear to have been startled at being discovered and we believe their intention had been to get in and out of the farmyard without drawing attention to themselves.
“The security measures put in place by the victims, along with their actions on the night, prevented a potential high-value theft from taking place.”
Detectives would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the village yesterday evening, especially any vehicles in the vicinity of the junction of Thetford Road and Heath Road.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting reference 24055/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.