Elderly woman appeals for information about burglary which has left her living in fear
An elderly woman whose Westcliff home was burgled last Summer
says she continues to live in fear of the burglar returning to her
Photo: Kathleen Digby
Kathleen Digby had been asleep in her bungalow on Mendip Crescent
on Saturday, August 18, 2012 when she woke to the sound of
rustling by her bedside.
pensioner then discovered a man rifling through her
handbag. She shouted at him, forcing him to run off with the
handbag which contained £100.
Police are now renewing an appeal for help from members of the
public to identify the man shown in the efit. He is believed to
have forced open the front door of Kathleen's home.
Mrs Digby said: “I haven’t left my house since this burglary. I
have been left terrified of the dark and often think I see him at
my bedside during the night.
"I want people to know how much this man has affected my life and
my sense of safety. I want people to help the police by giving this
man up to them. I never want to see him again but if I did, I would
not be able to stop myself from hitting him. He has wrecked my
"If you know him, please contact the police. If you are him, you
know what you did that night. Turn yourself in.”
Dc Samantha Winter, said: “Kathleen has been left devastated by
this home intrusion. She was left extremely frightened on the day
and is still in shock and recovering from her trauma. This burglar
clearly has no qualms about entering properties where people are
still inside. He is obviously someone’s son, brother or partner so
we would urge people to look closely at his description and contact
us with his name. It is difficult to shop someone into the police,
but in this case it definitely is the right thing to do.”
The man in the efit is described as white, 5ft 6in, of sim build
and in his early 30s. He was smartly dressed in a white shirt
and trousers at the time.
Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is
urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.