This terrified great grandmother is too scared to sleep after her home was targeted by a burglar.
Rose Hinchcliffe, aged 83, from Intake, Sheffield, said she lives in fear of the raider, who struck in the middle of the night, coming back.
She said today: “I have not slept since this happened and only ever leave when I absolutely need to when the cupboards are bare because I am scared they will come back and get in next time.”
A burglar smashed a window at her home – but Rose heard the glass breaking and went into the bathroom where she saw the raider outside before he fled.
Rose – who has two children, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren – said her window was finally repaired yesterday, three weeks after the attempted break-in.
She said she had been left an ‘easy target’ after just a wooden board was placed over the broken window.
Rose sobbed: “All the worry is giving me chest pains.
“I am terrified of going to bed because that’s when it happened last time.
“Luckily I wasn’t asleep and heard the cracking sound as the window smashed. I went into the bathroom and saw a figure outside – it was terrifying.
“I now lie on the sofa at night thinking they are going to get in.
“I can’t sleep.”
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Rose, who has lived in the flat for nine years, moved to the property after her last home on the city’s Manor estate was broken into.
She said: “It’s been horrible to have that same feeling I had after last time.
“I was worried people might think the flat was empty because of the wooden board and try to get in. I felt like an easy target.”
She claims she has repeatedly asked housing association The Guinness Partnership to re-home her.
Rose said: “I am at the end of my tether living here.
“I have had about 50 repairs done since I moved in. There is always something going wrong and every time we get heavy rain the water gets under my door and floods me out.
“To think I could have been burgled is the last straw. I don’t think I can take any more. I can’t go on like this. ”
A Guinness Partnership spokeswoman said: “We are sorry Mrs Hinchcliffe has been a victim of crime and are working to support her.
“The broken window was boarded up and made secure straight away and a new double-glazed unit has now been fitted at her home.
“Our customers’ safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us, and we are working with Mrs Hinchcliffe to address any outstanding issues.”
A police spokesman said: “An attempted burglary was reported at an Intake address on December 30.
“A detective attended and spoke to the victim within an hour of the report being received. The victim was offered crime prevention advice. No arrests were made in connection with the incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 183 of 30 December.