A PENSIONER today told of the terrifying moment he woke to find a burglar in his home.
John Heys, 85, shouted out after feeling an intruder’s hand on his bed in the early hours of Friday morning.
The burglar broke into the retired school teacher’s North Shore home through a downstairs window, and stole a television, watch and a silver box before making his way upstairs.
Mr Heys said: “I had my eyes closed and I suddenly felt a pressure on the bed clothes. That woke me up and I saw him standing there.
“I let out a great yell and he didn’t say anything, he just moved away quickly.”
The pensioner managed to alert the police from his bed, before struggling downstairs to find the intruder gone and shattered glass covering his carpet.
Mr Heys added: “When I came downstairs the window in the back room was smashed and there was glass all over the place.
“It shook me a bit but I felt reasonably calm all the way through. I wasn’t scared, I never got upset and I didn’t panic.
“I’m very hard at hearing so when I rang the police on the phone the lady started talking and I had to say I can’t hear a word you are saying, just get the police here.”
A man was later arrested. Mr Heys, who taught at Roseacre and Stanley primary schools before retiring, is desperate for the silver box to be returned.
He said: “It was my wedding present to my friend, who is now in a home and they gave it me back. That’s of great sentimental value, it’s the kind of thing you can’t replace.”
Insp Jason Richardson, Blackpool Central geographic inspector, said: “This man was extremely vulnerable and elderly. Thankfully it’s very rare elderly people are targeted.”
A 44-year-old man, from Blackpool, appeared before resort magistrates’ on Friday charged with burglary and theft. He was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court in January.