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Monday, 21 June 2021

Appeal after elderly Radcliffe couple left with sleepless nights after burglary

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An elderly couple have struggled to sleep after a burglar stole a two safes from their bedroom which contained car keys, bank cards, jewellery, family photos and cash.

The victim was mowing her neighbours front lawn when a thief reportedly entered her home via the back door.

She described how she felt ‘ill and weak at the knees’ when some time later she tripped over a bag upstairs and realised that an intruder had been inside her house.

She said: “It was a real feeling of dread when I noticed things had been moved. You don’t tend to think this kind of thing could happen to you. I felt so ill.

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“I was gardening and it wasn’t until about four hours after that I finally realised. Initially I actually thought my husband might have moved the items for some reason.

“It’s obviously a huge inconvenience to have locks changed, passports replaced and we’ve had family items such as jewellery and computer discs of backed up photos of family weddings taken. We can get some of those things replaced, but it’s how we feel now that’s a real concern. The whole ordeal has made us so angry and we’re struggling to sleep from anxiety.

“When life is so tough and full of anxiety at the moment for many of us, something like this happens. It’s also a huge inconvenience as it takes a lot of time to be on the phone to people and explain what’s happened time and time again. It’s very frustrating. It really affects you and I know my friends nearby have been affected too. My neighbour hasn’t slept either as we now think we might get targeted again.”

The reported burglary in Mount Pleasant in Radcliffe-on-Trent on 19 May 2021 is believed to have happened between 11am-1pm.

Investigating officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw a white Ford Transit which was allegedly in the area during the day, which raised residents suspicions.

Cotgrave Police Sergeant Chris Jury said: “The victims are clearly deeply upset and have had to cancel bankcards and get both cars ignition changed at great expense and inconvenience.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious then please do contact us by calling 101, quoting incident number 523 of 19 May 2021 with any information.

“We would like to remind the local community to always close and lock external doors and windows, even if you are just going out, going into another room for a prolonged period or in the garden.

“In this incident, sadly the opportunist thief struck when the house was empty. We’d encourage people to look at your home through the eyes of a burglar.

“Are there places where a burglar could break into your home without being seen? How would you get in if you had forgotten your keys? If you could get inside, so could a burglar.”