A mum-of-three has told of her terror after waking to discover a burglar had broken into her home and stolen property as her family slept.
Holly Quine woke up to discover her handbag, mobile phone, keys and a Mercedes car, valued at £25,000, had been stolen while she slept upstairs at her home with husband Russ, 31, and her three children, all aged five and under.
The 24-year-old, who lives in Leach Lane, St Annes, said: “It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning – around 1.30am.
“Russ spotted the car was missing – I just ran next door, banging hysterically on their door as they have CCTV.
“We watched it back and saw a guy walking down the street, down our drive and into our house. My heart was in my mouth. I just couldn’t believe someone was in our home as we slept.
“The police seem to think the thief has watched me go into the house and straight upstairs. They are thinking I have been followed. All that kept ringing in my head was Madeleine McCann. It would have been so easy to take one of the kids.”
It is one of a shocking series of burglaries and thefts in Fylde which have left police today warning residents to stay vigilant.
Between October 21 and November 4, police revealed 13 burglaries were reported in Lytham and St Annes, as well as 19 incidents of theft from garages and sheds.
In some of the incidents a masked gang stole cigarettes worth thousands of pounds from shops in St Annes, Ansdell and Wrea Green.
Insp Keith Ogle, of Fylde police, said: “We have seen an increase in break-ins in the past couple of weeks in the area and in response, we have increased high-visibility patrols in the area.
“The main issue here is with people leaving homes, sheds and garages insecure and so we currently have Operation Angel running across the Fylde area where officers are carrying out crime prevention checks and going through safety checks with people when they respond to reports of crime at an address.
“As well as this, neighbourhood police teams are offering advice on crime prevention measures during routine visits to homes.”