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Pensioners live in fear of crime strikes

PUBLISHED: 14:17 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH pensioner today told of her fear after an elderly man living nearby was targeted for a third time by burglars.

"I think it's disgusting. I get nervous now.

AN IPSWICH pensioner today told of her fear after an elderly man living nearby was targeted for a third time by burglars.

"I think it's disgusting. I get nervous now. You're not safe," said the 67-year-old who lives on the Racecourse Estate, speaking after thieves broke into a 75-year-old man's King's Way house as he slept.

"They've even got into his living room," she added.

"He's ill and he's already been burgled about twice. They've taken nearly everything out of his shed."

Intruders struck between 9.15pm on Wednesday, and 8.45am yesterday as the elderly victim slept.

They scoured the ground floor rooms, attempting to remove a video recorder but police believe the intruders may have been disturbed during the raid as they left the man's home without taking anything.

Police said the man had been a victim of crime numerous times already this year.

The Racecourse woman, who feared being identified, said there had been a series of burglaries in the area during recent months.

"There's been about 30 burglaries in this area in the last six to nine months that I've been told of," she said.

Today, less than a mile away, police were called to a property on Felixstowe Road to a report of a break-in at the home of another elderly victim.

The latest break-in comes after members of the Suffolk Police Authority heard earlier this month of a ten per cent decrease in the number of domestic burglaries in the county in the first half of this financial year.

Detectives investigating the attempted burglary in King's Way have appealed for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area overnight on November 28 to contact DC Neale Manley at Ipswich CID on 01473 383133 or Crimestoppers on the anonymous freephone line 0800 555 111.

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