A TV star fought off two thieves armed with metal poles who had broken into his friend’s bar.
Wayne O’ Hare, one half of the Singing Cabbies act that featured on BBC’s All Together Now, was sleeping at his home above the Boars Rock pub in Dundee when he heard an alarm going off at around 4am on Friday.
He rushed downstairs and ‘rugby tackled’ the men raiding the pub’s three tills, before they ran off empty-handed.
Wayne, who appears in the act alongside Jimmy Smart, 56, said: ‘When I got to the pub, I knew straight away it was a break-in because the door was smashed in.
‘I ran in and rugby tackled one of them while he was trying to get money from the till. I tried to stop them but it was difficult with the two of them. I gave as good as I got, though.
‘While I had a hold of one, the other started smashing me on the head with a two-foot steel bar. He hit me about 15 or 20 times.
‘I realised that he could really hurt me if he kept going so I let the guy go. They ran off just before the police arrived. It must have been a matter of minutes. I tried my best to keep them there for as long as possible.’
Suspecting a break-in, he told his wife to wait in the house and call the police while he went downstairs.
The owners of the pub, John and Karen Rollo, arrived to find Wayne, a friend for a number of years, being treated in an ambulance.
Wayne was taken to hospital, where doctors treated a cut to the back of his head.
He added: ‘The doctors said I could have been much more hurt. Lucky I have a thick head. They didn’t get anything. No money. I wasn’t having them stealing from my mate.’
John said: ‘We were more concerned about Wayne than anything else.
‘He was in the ambulance when we arrived. We are really grateful for everything he did.’
The first raider had no teeth and was in his 40s, about 6ft 1in and of medium build. He was wearing bulky clothing, including a grey hooded top, and spoke with a local accent.
The second was in his 20s, about 5ft 8in and slim. He was wearing a dark hooded top and light grey or blue woollen bobble hat.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: ‘We would also like to ask local residents in the immediate area who have private CCTV to get in touch with us, as well as any drivers who were in the area at that time who have dashcams.’
Anyone with information is urged to call 101, speak to any police officer or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.