Woman’s escape to roof in raid

Paul Barker, jailed for burgling a house on Kingscote Drive, Layton.
Paul Barker, jailed for burgling a house on Kingscote Drive, Layton.
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A TERRIFIED woman tried to hide from a burglar ransacking her home – by scrambling on to her roof.

The sleeping woman, in her early 20s, was so frightened after waking up to find Paul Barker in her Blackpool home she clambered through an attic skylight in a bid to escape.

A court heard she had been “extremely frightened” after being woken up in the early hours of the morning by noises in her home, where she lived alone.

Fraser Livesey, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said: “At first she put it down to the age of her property but quickly, to her fright, she realised there was someone coming upstairs and reaching the top.

“The doorway to her bedroom was propped open and she was extremely frightened and pretended to be asleep.

“She had the presence of mind to send a text to her father saying would he come, she was scared and there was someone in her house, but not to ring because that person would hear the phone.

“She then phoned him, putting it down when he answered.”

Mr Livesey described how the woman became so scared by the continuing noises in her house, on Kingscote Drive, Layton, she crept out of bed and up the first two attic stairs, before running the rest of the way and climbing out of the window.

Her father and the police arrived to find the young woman on the roof, and after her father banged on the door, Barker answered.

Barker, 29, of Nuttall Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court.

A laptop and cable were found by the back door, wrapped in a towel, and a savings tin kept in the freezer was also discovered by the door.

Paul Robinson, defending, said Barker was “very contrite and remorseful” and had been “under the influence” of drink and drugs when he committed the crime, in the early hours of July 21 last year.

He added: “The defendant recognises this must have been a very frightening experience indeed.”

Jailing Barker, Judge Pamela Badley said: “This was a very unpleasant experience for the householder. You really can’t give any explanation for the way in which you committed this offence.”

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