Despair as raiders target home again

Paul Burrows in his wrecked home on Back Henry Street.

Paul Burrows in his wrecked home on Back Henry Street.

A Blackpool man today told of his despair after raiders burgled his home for the fourth time in as many months.

Paul Burrows, of Back Henry Street, near Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium, said he came home from visiting friends last week to find his bungalow trashed.

Police are investigating the incident and have today asked for witnesses to come forward.

Mr Burrows said: “I am the only person living here with an access off this back alley. It’s all industrial premises here but there are a couple of bungalows on the main road.

“I had gone to a friend’s house in Bispham who is looking after my cats, because I am hoping to move to a more suitable place in the near future.

“Then I went to see my sister. When I got in at around 11pm I saw the front door open and the place was smashed up.

“They have stolen my DVD player, radio and an old XBox I had and they have wrecked the place.

“My TV is smashed in and they have taken a hammer to the walls. In the kitchen they have thrown food all over the place. It took me hours to clean all that up.

“It is the fourth time I have been burgled in four months. I am being victimised by some kids in the area. They have thrown stones through my windows in the past, I have a collection of them on my mantlepiece. I am distraught. I am a reformed alcoholic and not a well man and this is terrible.”

Mr Burrows, 46, who is on invalidity benefit, said he had been living there for six months after he had to leave his previous rented home when the rent was increased.

A police spokesman confirmed that crime scene investigators had been to the premises and that three burglaries had been reported at the premises since July.

She said: “We received a report from this address of a burglary which occurred sometime between 12.40pm on Friday 13, December and 8.40 am on Saturday.

“If anyone heard anything or has any information they should contact police on 101.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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