Terrified Sheffield pensioner now feels safe at home - thanks to The Star

Rose Hinchcliffe, is terrified to leave her house and scared to sleep at night after burglars tried to get into her flat. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rose Hinchcliffe, is terrified to leave her house and scared to sleep at night after burglars tried to get into her flat. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield pensioner who was too scared to sleep after her home was targeted by a burglar went to bed for the first time in three weeks after her smashed window was finally repaired.

Rose Hinchcliffe, aged 83, of Intake, had been unable to sleep since finding a would-be burglar trying to get into her flat on December 29.

Rose Hinchcliffe, is terrified to leave her house and scared to sleep at night after burglars tried to get into her flat. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rose Hinchcliffe, is terrified to leave her house and scared to sleep at night after burglars tried to get into her flat. Picture: Andrew Roe

He smashed her bathroom window but fled after being disturbed.

Rose’s landlords - The Guinness Partnership - boarded up the window but were not due to replace the glass until February 4, leaving Rose too frightened to sleep in case the crook returned.

Her landlords replaced the glass on Monday after Rose contacted The Star to highlight her plight.

“I went to bed for the first time that night and it was lovely to no longer feel frightened,” said Rose.

The mother-of-two, who has six grand children and 13 great grandchildren, added: “All I wanted was a pane of glass to make me feel safe. They were going to leave me with the wooden board for five weeks.

“I don’t feel as depressed as I have been. It has made such a big difference to me.

“I was always on edge thinking how easy it would have been to break the wood to get into the flat, so it was making me ill.”

An Age UK Sheffield spokeswoman said: “A new Age UK survey has this week revealed that there are 2.9 million people aged 65 and over in the UK who feel they have no one to go to for help and support.

“It is our aim here at Age UK Sheffield to make sure people can access our specialist services, including housing support, and that they are tailored to the needs of the individual.

“We offer advice and support to people every day but often people come to us in times of crisis and we will always seek to support them and find ways to resolve even the most complex issues.”