A 107-YEAR-OLD woman who frightened off burglars is being treated in hospital and will never be able to return to her home.
Relatives of the victim, Gladys Hewitt, from Huxley, hope their loved one will pull through after Saturday’s ordeal, which left her traumatised and with a cut to her leg after she fell while trying to raise the alarm.
Police are investigating two linked break-ins at Malpas and Wrenbury, near Nantwich, in which elderly people were targeted and cash was taken.
Intruders who targeted the 107-year-old disabled an outside light and interfered with the burglar alarm but were scared off by the victim who, despite being in bed, shouted at the two males and pressed her Life-line button to alert the authorities.
She set off with her walking frame to get her grandson who lives nearby but fell by her garden gate.
Daughter-in-law Adele Hewitt, from Tarporley, says her relative won’t be able to return to her house and will probably have to go into a care home.
She said: “We didn’t give much hope for her on Monday night. We didn’t think she’d be there the next morning. She is very, very poorly.”
Mrs Hewitt added: “They want stringing up whoever they are. They will probably get suspended sentences. They should throw them in jail.”
Police are probing a linked burglary in Malpas about 9.10pm the same evening when a couple in their 80s were confronted by three males, who continued searching the house even after they had been disturbed. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.
A third linked burglary happened in Wrenbury, near Nantwich, about 8.10pm on Saturday when an elderly couple were confronted by two males who again continued to search the property despite being disturbed. A small amount of cash was taken.
Detective Sergeant Chris Williams said: “This is probably one of the most emotive offences you can have because they are targeting the most vulnerable people in society.”
He asked communities to offer support and advice to elderly family members, neighbours and friends and to dial 999 if in any doubt about suspicious callers.
Witnesses who may have seen any people or vehicles behaving suspiciously in the Huxley and Malpas areas on the evening of Saturday, October 1, should call Chester CID on 0845 458 0000.