Elderly man calls radio station for help after disturbing door knock

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A Melbourne radio station received a very troubling call on Wednesday afternoon from a man aged in his 70s who had a stranger knock on his door.

Wayne, from Ringwood in Melbourne's east, called 3AW's Tom Elliott on Wednesday while he waited for police to arrive at his home, and said the stranger was still in his backyard.

He told Mr Elliott a man had knocked on his front door and asked to "come inside and make a call", to which Wayne said he could not.

A man called in 3AW after a man knocked on his door and asked to use his phone. Source: Getty Images
A man called in 3AW after a man knocked on his door and asked to use his phone. Source: Getty Images

"He said 'I'm getting chased' and I said, 'well, I can't help you'," Wayne told Mr Elliott.

The man told Wayne he actually had a phone, but it wasn't on him. When Wayne asked where it was, the man said he'd "have to go and get it".

"Then he went over near where my car was parked, and he then came back with the phone and made a call to someone," Wayne said.

Wayne said he is 73 and his wife is 67 and they locked the doors of their home and called the police twice.

While Wayne was telling the story live on-air, his wife spotted the man attempting to hide in their backyard.

"My wife just said he's hiding behind a bush," Wayne said.

When asked what the man looked like, Wayne likened the man to a character from 'Mr Inbetween'.

"Oh god, alright, Mr Inbetween is about a bloke who's a hitman," Mr Elliott said.

"That's right!" Wayne said.

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Mr Elliott asked Wayne to stay on the line so someone could get his address and get onto the police on his behalf. 

In an update on Twitter a short time later, 3AW had some "good news".

"Police have since arrived," the radio station confirmed.

"I listen to you on 3AW and you say 'you ring us up anytime'," Wayne told Mr Elliott, explaining why he chose to phone the radio host during the incident.

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