A pregnant woman who tackled a burglar in her own home has spoken of her terrifying ordeal.
The would-be thief broke into her house in Dalehead Place, St Helens, last month but was thwarted by the brave mum-to-be.
Speaking exclusively to the St Helens Reporter, the victim, who was too frightened by her ordeal to be named, said: “It was about seven o’clock at night and it was dark,” she said.
“I came home and all the lights were on and I could hear noises. I went into the kitchen and then I saw him.
“It happened really fast. I just screamed and all the adrenaline kicked in. Before I knew it I had thrown a hotpot at him.
“I grabbed my laptop from him and we had a little tussle over it.
“I heard him fall. He left and the adrenaline just dropped.
“It just happened. I didn’t even think about it. It was only later that I thought, ‘I’m pregnant!’”
The 23-year-old showed no fear as she prised her laptop from the man as he escaped through the window, but was left shaken afterwards.
“It was scary,” she said.
“I rang the police within seconds of him escaping. I was hysterical on the floor and I texted my mother-in-law and in what felt like seconds she was there.”
She has since taken steps to protect her home against future break-ins and though she wishes she had done it sooner, she would encourage others to do the same.
“I did not think something like this would happen. We had been in the house for two years nearly and we had said we needed to get security sorted on the house. Two days after having this conversation, this happened. We thought it would never happen but then it did.
“By the next day the alarm was sorted. We have got CCTV at the house and we have locks everywhere.
“I do feel safer now.
She has also thanked Merseyside Police for reassuring her and staying in contact after the incident, and is hopeful that they can catch the burglar.
“The police update me all the time, they tell us everything,” she said.”
DI Martin Earl, of St Helens CID, said: “We know the impact that burglaries can have on victims and we are doing everything we can to crack down on them in St Helens. As part of our inquiries into this incident, we have issued CCTV images of a man we believe may have vital information which could help us with our investigation.I would appeal to him, or anyone who recognises him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can call detectives on 0151 777 6842 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.