Married to First Sight, star David Pugh single-handedly fought off a gang of five machete-wielding thieves using his martial arts skills after they were broken into his home.
The thugs broke into the 56-year-old’s home, demanding money and attacking Pugh’s teenage son and a 20-week-old puppy.
The reality TV star was left covered in blood after bravely fighting the masked men – who were armed with baseball bats and golf clubs as well as machetes – with his bare hands.
The crooks left Pugh’s single-family home in the West Midlands in Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull empty-handed after a ten-minute struggle.
The aftermath of the 2018 violent ordeal was captured in graphic photographs showing a topless Pugh covered in blood from a broken nose and facial injuries he suffered in the spooky attack.
David Pugh, married to First Sight, is seen covered in blood in gruesome photos after being injured in an attack on his home in 2018
Pugh was left with a broken nose and facial injuries when five men wielding machetes, baseball bats and golf clubs broke into his home.
The crooks demanded money and started attacking Pugh before he bravely fought them off by using his Krav Maga skills and throwing household items at them.
He revealed the incident inspired him to introduce his new wife Shareen a survival kit after marrying a stranger for the Channel 4 show in an episode that aired this week.
The gift, which contained a CPR face shield and a glass-breaking pen, sparked a wave of comments on social media.
Pugh said his wife was “lucky she never experienced anything like this that night.”
“That’s one of the reasons I gave him the survival kit. I think it worked as she now has alarms and cameras installed and is now a little more aware.
“ She is fortunate to have never had real catastrophes or calamities in her life. But this is not true for me.
Pugh is pictured with his wife Shareen whom he met and married on the Channel 4 show Married at First Sight in an episode airing this week
Seen here with his injuries from the 2018 attack, Pugh caused a stir on social media by gifting his new wife Shareen a survival kit. He said he was inspired to do so by the spooky attack on his house
“Experiences have taught me to always be prepared for the worst and what happened with the Machete Raid certainly changed my outlook on life.
“ I know giving someone a survival kit might sound a little crazy and extreme, but I’ve always described myself as a preparer after what happened in 2018.
“It just gives you a little awareness and you have to be adaptable in certain situations. It made me more aware of myself and I think I helped Shareen do the same.
This is not the first time that Pugh, who is trained in Israeli self-defense Krav Maga combat, has discussed the incident.
Speaking previously, he said ‘instinct took hold’ when he found a gang attacking his 17-year-old son and puppy Rottweiler Zeus.
Pugh awoke to find the hooded men standing at the top of the stairs after breaking into his room. Property of £ 400,000 in 2018.
He said he threw aftershave bottles and chairs at the men while trying to save his son.
“ There was a loud noise at 3 a.m. when they smashed the patio doors to enter, but I thought Zeus had knocked something over, ” the father of two said.
“ The moment I got out of bed, totally naked, I walked over to the door and it was kicked in.
“ It happened with a good smash and there were four or five guys on the landing in balaclavas.
‘The men kept shouting’ Where’s the money, give us your money ‘
The bathroom is seen covered in blood from the break-in of four armed thieves that Pugh fought with his bare hands
Pugh is pictured next to a damaged window in the attack on his West Midlands home in Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull
“ I caught the first couple I could, it turned into a brawl and a fight. I just grabbed what I could and hit them with aftershave bottles and chairs.
“I was hit on the head several times – they had machetes, a baseball bat and a golf club.
“I was desperately trying to get to my son’s room. but I had so many slits in my head, I was soaked in blood.
“ We can only assume that they saw this, realized we had no money and thought, ‘we’ve gone too far,’ and got out of here.
“They must have thought they had half killed me. In retrospect, we’ve probably been very lucky.
Pugh’s 20-month-old Rottweiler puppy, Zeus, was injured in the attack after being hit on the head by one of the gunmen. The dog then ran into the garden, falling into a lake and becoming hypothermic
“ We have a puppy and he was hit in the head, he ended up running in the garden, he fell into the canal – he was hypothermic.
‘A guy called Andy a canoeist found him and took him to Birmingham Dogs Home and warmed him up.
“ We got out of the hospital and took him to the vet and sewn him up.
‘He’s traumatized, my traumatized boy, the police said it was one of the most brutal attacks on a house they had ever seen.
“ They left with nothing, which is the only silver lining.
“ They kicked in all the doors, all the executives left, all the closets they went through and searched everything they could quickly.
“ We’re like most people, we’ve got a TV and most of the bobs and whatever’s in your wallet – but that was about it.
“ I took quite a few blows to the head and my son also injured his head, he tried to fight them.
“ He’s been hit by the bat about three times and he can barely walk, his knee is all swollen and we thought his arm was broken but he’s badly bruised.
“The consequences are horrible.
“I don’t think I’ll have a long sleep-filled night, I’ll be on my toes all the time.
“You don’t expect something like this from you.