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Bar­ri­cad­ing her­self with her two ter­ri­fied chil­dren at Ben­i­tachell house

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton

A QUICK-THINK­ING mum bar­ri­caded her­self and two ter­ri­fied chil­dren in­side her bed­room as thugs smashed their way into her Costa Blanca home.

The mother and her “very young” daugh­ter and son – the boy was still sleep­ing in a cot – es­caped un­hurt de­spite the raiders try­ing to force their way into the bed­room. She was able to raise the alarm and po­lice and friends raced to their aid.

The ag­gra­vated bur­glary took place on the evening of Tues­day Oc­to­ber 2 at the house in a “semi-re­mote” lo­ca­tion on the north­ern out­skirts of Ben­i­tachell.

The masked bur­glars were caught on CCTV car­ry­ing a sledge­ham­mer and it is be­lieved by their ‘modus operandi’ that they are be­hind at least four other sim­i­lar crimes in the area.

Neigh­bour­hood Watch in Ben­i­tachell has is­sued an alert in a bid to catch the 'des­per­a­dos' and ad­vises that the sus­pects are dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached.

The vic­tim and her chil­dren have re­turned to be with fam­ily mem­bers in the UK for sup­port and to deal with their on­go­ing trauma caused by the night­mare.

The sus­pects are de­scribed as hav­ing 'swarthy' dark com­plex­ions, one had a beard, and one car­ried a Nike bag, and wore a Nike top and train­ers.

And the vic­tim used so­cial me­dia to de­tail the fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence to warn oth­ers and help catch the crim­i­nals. She wrote: “It is not for sym­pa­thy or at­ten­tion to me...it is so peo­ple can see these men are dan­ger­ous".

De­stroyed

“Please help us find them, they have taken away per­sonal be­long­ings, which are ir­rel­e­vant, but they have de­stroyed my fam­ily’s love of our beau­ti­ful house and my daugh­ter will not en­ter her room for fear they are in there.

“I pray they do not take away an­other fam­ily’s safety and love of their home.”

The mother said she and the kids ar­rived home at about 20.30 – and de­cided to have an early night. “Usu­ally my daugh­ter goes to her bed­room to sleep but that night she wanted cud­dles with me – I thank my lucky stars for this - my room be­ing up­stairs where my son’s cot is at the mo­ment.”

She said about ‘nine-ish’ she felt some­thing was wrong and could hear things out­side but could see noth­ing from the hall win­dow.

“Then there was an almighty smash and men’s voices. I ran into my bed­room; by this point my daugh­ter is scream­ing. My first thought: move all fur­ni­ture and bar­ri­cade us in the room; so ev­ery­thing I could pull I dragged up to my door.”

She im­me­di­ately rang the po­lice and friends for help and held her chil­dren. “I could hear things move down­stairs and I prayed they wouldn’t come up­stairs... then my heart sank as I could hear foot­steps run up the stairs.

“The door han­dle moved and I pushed back against them scream­ing ‘no, please, my chil­dren’. I could see a hand around the top of the door with a torch and hear my daugh­ter scream­ing be­cause she can see him. These sec­onds seemed like my whole life – for what­ever rea­son they then give up and go... then po­lice and friends ar­rive.”

Bur­glary

Neigh­bour­hood Watch Ben­i­tachell’s lead co­or­di­na­tor Muriel Sadler told CBNews the house­holder and her chil­dren had only been at home for about 30 min­utes when the thieves broke in.

“The lady was up­stairs with the two chil­dren and bar­ri­caded her­self and the kids in her bed­room and prayed that the men would not come up­stairs. Her daugh­ter was scream­ing and the men came up­stairs and tried to force their way into the bed­room; she begged them to go and not to harm them,” she said.

“This is un­for­give­able and the lady has gone back to the UK to be with her fam­ily for a while for some much-needed sup­port and TLC be­cause she is so trau­ma­tised.

“Let’s hope that this sorry pair is ap­pre­hended quickly be­fore they strike again or some­one gets se­ri­ously hurt as a re­sult of their des­per­a­tion and greed.”

Muriel re­vealed an­other male vic­tim un­der­went a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent at nearby Las Laderas, Jávea, on Satur­day Septem­ber 29. “It sounds like the same pair of des­per­a­dos; plus there have been three other bur­glar­ies in Jávea with a sim­i­lar MO.

“Do not at­tempt to tackle these in­di­vid­u­als as there is a great chance that they could be vi­o­lent.”

She ad­vised peo­ple to call 112 for the Guardia Civil or 608 962 567 for Ben­i­tachell’s lo­cal po­lice – and to keep Neigh­bour­hood Watch up­dated so it could alert other res­i­dents in the area on 634 343 400 or email nhw­ben­i­tachell@gmail.com – there is ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s na­tional web­site www.neigh­bour­hood­watchin­spain.com.

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