A HAVE-A-GO hero clung onto the bonnet of a getaway car as it sped through four streets of a County Durham village before finally being thrown into the road.

The 59-year-old man refused hospital treatment after his dramatic attempt to catch the masked burglars who had broken into his home in Murton and terrorised his wife and daughter at knife point.

The raiders forced their way into the house in Glenhurst Terrace at around 7.45pm last night and threatened a 56-year-old woman and her 36-year-old daughter, but fled when the man of the house came downstairs to confront them.

He clung onto the bonnet of the M-registration Ford Escort as it sped away from the scene, but was thrown off the car several hundred yards later.

The brave householder still managed to grab the balaclava off one of the robbers, but the pair escaped.