Self Sufficiency Is Encouraged, But Not Self Defence, Citizen!

A disabled pensioner told how thieves have ruined Christmas after stealing £1,000 worth of jewellery and presents.

Rita O’Leary, 76, of Travers Way, Pitsea, was out with a friend as burglars raided her home between 11am and 12.30pm.

Terrible. At Christmas. Ah, if only we could take measures to protect our hom…


The break-in came just two days after Basildon Council ordered Mrs O’Leary, who is wheelchair bound and suffers with a chronic kidney condition, to remove barbed wire she kept on a fence at the back of her home.


Her daughter Kathy Brown, 44, of Little Searles, Pitsea, said: “It really has knocked my mum back, especially as she’s on her own.

“It all comes just before Christmas which is terrible, and I am disgusted at the council. Her home was seen as an easy target I think.

“There’s a gate nearby with spikes on it, and we were told to take the barbed wire away because it could injure or hurt someone.

The only person it could hurt would be somebody climbing over the fence, like a burglar in this case.

“It just seems to be double standards.”

It may be that the house with the spikes isn’t owned by the council. They’d no doubt order them to remove them if it was.

A Basildon Council spokesman said the authority discourages using altered fencing as a vigilante security measure.

He said: “When Basildon Council was made aware of the fencing in question, officers advised the tenant that she would need to remove the barbed wire.

“The council does not allow its tenants to attach any barbed wire, broken glass or other materials to any part of its properties that is likely to cause personal injury.”

I wonder what sort of security measures the council bigwigs’ houses have?

The Echo contacted Essex Police for a comment, but did not receive a reply before going to print.

There’s a shocker…

5 comments for “Self Sufficiency Is Encouraged, But Not Self Defence, Citizen!

  1. John in cheshire
    December 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    The Essex police, aren’t they the ones who have been persecuting Chris Spivey?

    • Flubber
      December 20, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Didn’t know who Chris Spivey was so looked him up.

      He’s a harrassing scumbag.

      He deserves to have his collar felt.

  2. Errol
    December 19, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Woman is burgled after the state forces her to remove an anti theft device.

    Surely this makes the council responsible for the robbery?

  3. The Jannie
    December 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    She needs to make sure that her insurers have copies of all the relevant correspondence; then the jobsworths can be sued. Mind you, that’s a double-edged sword because they’ll be using taxpayers’ money to mount their endlessly expensive defence.

  4. Hereward Unbowed.
    December 19, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    A very sad tale, poor Rita it is the feeling of being raped when one’s property is invaded, shame on the bloody council.

    I remember clearly after a break in, my uncle being warned about making an outer wall harder to mount and climb over by putting glass in concrete on the copings, he was warned he still put the glass in, of course he was ex army REME and he didn’t give a fuck about government/council jobsworths, he had no more illegal incursions.

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