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Burnley MP tells landlord to protect old folk
11:49am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
BURNLEY's MP has called on a social landlord to improve the safety of its residents’ homes after an elderly woman was terrified by an early hours intruder.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle said Calico homes ‘needs to take the danger to its residents seriously’.
He spoke out after an 88-year-old widow woke up in the early hours to find a man dressed in black lingering in the bedroom doorway of her home near Burnley’s Turf Moor ground.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’m scared and so are the other people in this area. Because some of us have front doors with big glass panels. It’s very easy for people to break in. There’s no CCTV around here either, so there’s nothing to make burglars think it would be risky for them to burgle us.”
Mr Birtwistle said: “The area is full of elderly people who need protecting, and that’s what sheltered accommodation is there for.
“Calico should take the old glass doors out and replace them with solid wooden ones. It’s very sad that these days we have to take these steps, but it is a reality. Calico needs to take the danger to its residents seriously.”
Anthony Duerden, Calico’s director of customer services, said: “This was a frightening crime on a very vulnerable person who was thankfully unharmed.
“We have offered extra support to our customers, and are supporting the police in their enquiries. We would like to reassure residents that this is a relatively low-crime area and, having inspected the homes, we can say that they are in good condition.
“However, we will support any crime prevention efforts that the police or Burnley council wish to undertake to further improve local safety.
“As ever, we would also appeal to all the residents in this area to continue being vigilant, not let anyone they don’t know into their homes, always ask for ID before opening the door, and contact the police immediately if they see anything suspicious.”
l A WOMAN has been charged with burglary after a mobile phone and £20 were stolen from the home of 92-year-old Joseph Gilchrist, in Ivy Street, Burnley.
Amanda Nerney, 27, of Spencer Street, did not indicate a plea at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Saturday. She was sent for trial at Burnley Crown Court later this month.
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