AN INNOCENT mother has spoken of her shock and disbelief after drugs police raided her house by mistake.
Officers swooped on Karen Duffy's home in Belfield Road, Accrington, as part of Operation Nimrod last week.
They smashed the front door in and turned the house upside down. Furious Karen says the blunder has left her feeling like a criminal.
She said: "I feel like I've done something wrong when I haven't. I'm not against these raids and I appreciate the police have a job to do. But I just can't get my head round it all. I can't believe they raided our house."
Karen was out shopping in Accrington when police smashed their way into her home around lunchtime last Wednesday.
She said: "I'd been in town to buy my son Sean a present for his 17th birthday. When we got back there were lots of police in riot gear standing outside my house. I walked in and they started asking me lots of questions about a man I've never heard of. I thought they were talking about a previous tenant but they said they had intelligence that the person still lived here."
"I was horrified when I saw my living room. They had turned my house upside down. The police asked my son a few questions but he had no idea what was going on. He is shattered by this. He went upstairs and said: 'Mum they have broken my bed'.''
Karen phoned her partner Teresa Fitzjohn who rushed home from work to see what was going on. She phoned the police to complain and an hour later a police sergeant visited their home to apologise.