Bur­glars threaten scared autis­tic boy as he watches TV

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

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En­trance to Blen­heim Palace ‘Liv­ing Crafts for Christ­mas’ fair, in­clud­ing Blen­heim Palace and Gar­dens

A visit to Strat­ford-upon-Avon

One night’s bed and English break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion in a three-star stan­dard ho­tel in the Mid­lands area

Coach travel from the lo­cal area

Es­corted by a friendly tour man­ager

AN AUTIS­TIC pri­mary school child was threat­ened when in­trud­ers broke into a South­port fam­ily’s home.

Two men forced a back win­dow of the home in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing and walked to an up­stairs liv­ing room where the boy was watch­ing su­per­hero film The Avengers.

They re­port­edly de­manded that the eightyear-old tell them where the fam­ily’s car keys were.

The ter­ri­fied boy told them and the pair crept into the bed­room where his mum, 35, and two sis­ters, aged four and five, were sleep­ing, and took the keys.

The bur­glars left the prop­erty in Manch­ester, where the fam­ily now live, in the BMW X1 at around 4.13am.

A Manch­ester City kit and a foot­ball, which com­fort the boy while he’s get­ting ready for school, were in­side the ve­hi­cle, as well as a pram.

The mum, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said her son was so scared that he hid un­der­neath a blan­ket after the bur­glary un­til the rest of the fam­ily woke up.

The young­ster’s con­di­tion means that he can’t al­ways sleep, de­spite at­tend­ing sleep help cour­ses with his mum and hav­ing been pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion to help the prob­lem from an early age.

The house is also “autism proofed”, with cup­boards locked to en­sure his safety, and though he some­times wakes his mum up when he wakes dur­ing the night, this time he de­cided to qui­etly watch TV on his own.

When the rest of the fam­ily woke a few hours later, the fright­ened boy re­peat­edly apol­o­gised for let­ting the bur­glars know where the keys were. His mum said she can ac­cept the car be­ing stolen but not what the or­deal her son had to en­dure.

She said: “My lit­tle boy was sat on the couch. They asked him ‘where are mummy’s keys?’

“They came into the bed­room where the girls were asleep with me.

“They took the car and he stayed un­der the blan­ket un­til I woke up.

“Some­one took ad­van­tage of a boy with autism. He said there were two of them. I am very scared. He is now blam­ing him­self.”

She added: “In­side the car was a foot­ball kit and a new Manch­ester City foot­ball. He has a new one ev­ery four weeks.

“He car­ries it ev­ery­where. He has started a new school and it was help­ing him to go.

“He keeps say­ing he wants his foot­ball back. It is the fact they have come in and it is a lit­tle boy. He is blam­ing him­self.”

A GMP spokesman con­firmed that of­fi­cers were called shortly be­fore 9.20am on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21, to a re­port of bur­glary at an ad­dress in Longsight.

They added: “An un­known of­fender forced en­try to the prop­erty be­fore steal­ing keys to a black BMW car.

“The of­fender then ex­ited the prop­erty and stole the car.”

Greater Manch­ester po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

The boy has been left shaken by his or­deal (Pic­ture posed by model)

The men are thought to have forced a win­dow

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