Too scared to be in her own home

Pen­sioner set to move af­ter rob­bery

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A 91-YEAR-OLD woman is to leave her West Dray­ton home af­ter a break-in left her ‘too scared’ to stay.

A bur­glar broke into the el­derly woman’s home in West Dray­ton Park Av­enue while she slept on Jan­uary 4 but was dis­turbed by a neigh­bour and pre­vented from tak­ing any­thing.

Peter Dean, who lives in the street, heard a loud bang at around 10pm whilst he was sit­ting home.

He said: “I in­ves­ti­gated and saw a shadow in her porch, kick­ing the door in. I saw some­one go in so I ran round there and shouted to them and some­one came run­ning down the stairs scream­ing like a ban­shee, re­ally loud to in­tim­i­date me.

“Af­ter chal­leng­ing the bur­glar in the en­trance hall I was at­tacked and a scuf­fle broke out. My only in­ten­tion was to de­tain the in­truder – I was just try­ing to hold onto him un­til some­one showed up, but he broke free and ran off.”

Mr Dean’s wife called the po­lice but the bur­glar had gone by the time they ar­rived.

The con­cerned neigh­bour thinks the case shows bur­glars con­sider them­selves ‘un­touch­able’ as the po­lice can’t re­spond faster.

Mr Dean added: “We need of­fi­cers out there that are a vis­i­ble de­ter­rent and I, for one, am will­ing to pay more on my coun­cil tax to achieve this.”

The 91-year-old lady, who is bed­bound and looked af­ter by car­ers, had planned to spend her last days in her own home but will now move to a care home as she doesn’t feel safe. She will join her hus­band, who fought in the Se­cond World War, but now has de­men­tia, in a nearby care home.

Her nephew John Butt said: “I can’t be­lieve that an area the size of West Dray­ton doesn’t have a po­lice sta­tion any­more.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween a po­lice­man hav­ing to come from East­cote in­stead of just round the cor­ner in West Dray­ton in this case, could have mean that the scum that broke into my aunty’s house could have been caught there and then.

“This just high­lights the plight of vul­ner­a­ble el­derly cit­i­zens in our com­mu­nity to­day – there must be hun­dreds of peo­ple in this coun­try in the same po­si­tion as my aunty who slip be­neath the radar and are the un­known gen­er­a­tion that no­body seems to care about.

“But it was this gen­er­a­tion that fought for the very free­doms we en­joy to­day and here who are be­ing let down.”

De­tec­tives in Hilling­don are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bur­glary and have con­firmed no ar­rests have yet been made and en­quiries are on­go­ing.

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