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.
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