A FAMILY has been left fearing for their safety after their house was burgled as they slept.

Becky Morrisey, her twin nieces Chloe and Alicia, 16, and partner Timothy have struggled to sleep since discovering a thief entered their home in Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, snatching property as he went.

Miss Morrisey, who works at a bakery in Steeton, had already left for work at around 2.30am on Monday when Chloe was awoken by noises downstairs.

The 28-year-old said: “Chloe heard stamping and doors slamming, which I would never do on my way out to work.

“But she thought it must be me and went back to sleep.

“It wasn’t until 7.30am when they got up, that we started to realise what had happened and now the girls are terrified.

“I stayed downstairs on Monday night.

“Because I can’t bear the thought of somebody coming in again, and the girls couldn’t get to sleep.

“I feel disgusted that someone would come into our home like this.

“You hear about burglaries happening on other streets, but you never expect it to happen to you until it does.

”I used to leave the front door unlocked when I went out to work in case there was a fire, because they leave their keys in their bags and I worried about them getting out.

“I won’t be doing that again. Every door is going to be locked all the time, and we’re getting an alarm.

“I just don’t feel secure here now.”

The burglar took £60 in cash set aside for a school trip, a tablet computer worth £90, Alicia’s school handbag, carrying her house keys, mobile phone, and nearly £60 of make-up.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious between the hours of 2.30am and 6.30am on Monday, they should call police on 101.”