Grandmother suffers a stroke after burglar raids Blackburn home

A GRANDMOTHER-of-five suffered a stroke moments after she disturbed a burglar ransacking her home.

71-year-old Fatima Patel had been asleep in her downstairs bedroom at her family home in Bold Street, in the Whalley Range area of Blackburn when she awoke to find a man dressed in dark clothing rummaging through her sideboard and belongings.

The terrified pensioner then watched the thief for several minutes unbeknown to him after he switched on the bedroom light.

After letting out a scream, the frightened mother-of-one, who uses a walking stick to get around, chased the burglar as he ran out of her room into the kitchen, moments before suffering a stroke.

Family members woken by the screams then alerted the ambulance service and Mrs Patel was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.

Mrs Patel condition is described as ‘stable’, police said.

Her 23-year-old grandson Arif Adam Patel, said: “We are certain the shock of finding someone in her bedroom brought on the stroke.

“She told us she watch him looking through the draws before he noticed her.

“Strangely he even tried on a pair of gloves.

“The stroke has caused loss of movement on her right side and she is slurring her words.

“I urge anyone who saw this man hanging around to contact police.”

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

DS Kathryn Cussans, of Blackburn CID said: “This was a shocking, frightening and upsetting incident for an elderly victim who went on to suffer a suspected stroke.

“I urge anyone who had been in the Bold Street area of Whalley Range in the early hours of Friday morning to come forward.

“If anybody noticed anything suspicious or a white man dressed in dark clothing hanging around I also urge them to contact police.”

Officers said the burglar is thought to have escaped from the same way he entered through an insecure door.

He then left via the back alley.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

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2:22pm Sat 26 Jan 13

mavrick says...

I hope the scumbag reads the article and realises the damage he has done. This woman will never be the same again. and for what? Any sentence the court will give him if he is caught won't help her one little bit.
I hope the scumbag reads the article and realises the damage he has done. This woman will never be the same again. and for what? Any sentence the court will give him if he is caught won't help her one little bit. mavrick

5:10pm Sat 26 Jan 13

mys says...

What an arsehole hope he gets caught and suffers for what he's done to that poor lady x
What an arsehole hope he gets caught and suffers for what he's done to that poor lady x mys

6:43pm Sat 26 Jan 13

glossopkid says...

What a nasty piece of S**T. Hope the lady makes a recovery!
What a nasty piece of S**T. Hope the lady makes a recovery! glossopkid

7:22pm Sat 26 Jan 13

mo_dasu says...

Mashallah.. aamod no lok to bo majboot chhe !!
Mashallah.. aamod no lok to bo majboot chhe !! mo_dasu

7:30pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Frookie says...

What happened to this lady is really shocking for whole community. She is a lovely lady, wouldn't say boo to a goose. We hope she fully recovers. I bet that bloke wouldn't come back in this area again thanks to her courage. I don't get the gloves thing though...
What happened to this lady is really shocking for whole community. She is a lovely lady, wouldn't say boo to a goose. We hope she fully recovers. I bet that bloke wouldn't come back in this area again thanks to her courage. I don't get the gloves thing though... Frookie

7:44pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Frookie says...

Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday.....
Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday..... Frookie

7:46pm Sat 26 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

Frookie wrote:
Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday.....
...well could have asked nicely!!!
[quote][p][bold]Frookie[/bold] wrote: Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday.....[/p][/quote]...well could have asked nicely!!! sen c ble

8:02pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Frookie says...

sen c ble wrote:
Frookie wrote:
Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday.....
...well could have asked nicely!!!
lol true!
[quote][p][bold]sen c ble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frookie[/bold] wrote: Makes me wonder if he only came in to warm his hands. It was a cold night on Thursday.....[/p][/quote]...well could have asked nicely!!![/p][/quote]lol true! Frookie

8:03pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Frookie says...

....lol true!
....lol true! Frookie

12:59am Sun 27 Jan 13

Lancs Lassie says...

Shame what happened but can the LT reporters learn to spell words properly please....
Shame what happened but can the LT reporters learn to spell words properly please.... Lancs Lassie

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