Couple burgled EIGHT times in 18 months

GRANDPARENTS Anthony Fordham and his wife Pat live in fear after being targeted by criminals eight times in a year.They are desperate for the council to move them from their Landseer Road home, which they share with their daughter.

By Tracey Sparling

GRANDPARENTS Anthony Fordham and his wife Pat live in fear after being targeted by criminals eight times in a year.

They are desperate for the council to move them from their Landseer Road home, which they share with their daughter.

"Last week thieves broke into my car," said disabled Mr Fordham, 57, "and it's been going on since March last year.

"The last time we were burgled was June when they took the video, games machine, all her jewellery and all my fishing gear which I'd brought inside because the shed keeps getting robbed. I've had three cars stolen so I keep a spare now."

He said burglars usually forced open the plywood back door which has now been replaced with a steel one after advice from police. He has also installed security lights, made the fence round his back garden higher and parked his car inside his front fence.

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Pat, 52, said: "I am hardly ever here. Every time he goes out I'm in the car like a shot. I won't stay in on my own. "I foiled them once when I was watching TV with my grandaughter and heard the front window smash. They saw me coming into the hall and ran off.

"I'm on anti-depressants and my doctor's sent the council two letters about my health. We tried the MP but he said he couldn't help so we're stuck with it. We've been on the list to move house for over a year. We'll take anything.

"But I'm not building up any home, not now. I will go on with what I've got, and won't add anything to it."

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: "We are aware of the special circumstances surrounding this case, but the bungalow has been specially adapted for the family, including disabled access, and there is a shortage of suitable alternative accommodation."

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