A DISABLED pensioner had more than £1,000 stolen from underneath her nose in a cruel Boxing Day burglary.
June Holding, of St James Road, Church was in her bedroom waiting for her carer to arrive shortly before noon last Saturday when a thief broke into her ground floor home and stole her handbag.
And the ordeal has left the 77-year-old feeling nervous and scared in her own home.
Mrs Holding said: "I was in my bedroom when I looked up and saw a man, I shouted hello and he suddenly turned and bolted out of the door. I only had my door off the latch a few minutes as my carer was due at any moment.
"As soon as it happened I rung my daughter who got me to check if anything had been stolen. I had been out to the bank a couple of days before and because I don’t get out much, I had taken extra money out for Christmas. I had £1,100 in my purse, which I would of normally hidden but I just didn’t have time.
"Since the burglary I have been left really short of cash. The person who did this needs to learn respect for other people."
Mrs Holding’s daughter, Julie, called the police and reported the burglary.
During police searches of the neighbouring area her purse and handbag were found dumped in St James’ Church cemetery.
Mrs Holding added: "I am now really nervous about being in my own home. I am scared he will come back and I am now realising how vulnerable I am. I have even written to Hyndburn Homes to ask about moving. When I first moved to Church Kirk 20 years ago it was a lovely place, that people used to care about. Nowadays it is violent and full of hooligans. I am daily having to deal with attacks on my property. Only last week my carer had to shout at two nine-year-old girls who were trying to break into my car. I am elderly and disabled and just want to live in peace."
Accrington Police Sergeant Martin Knight said: "Crime is particularly unpleasant when committed against elderly and vulnerable people. Even more so in this case as an elderly lady has become a victim at a time of the year that should be associated with goodwill and fond memories.
"Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact 01254 51212 and ask for the Accrington burglary team."