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South Shields mum ‘living in fear’ after being burgled three times in three years

Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years. She is pictured here with grandson Cane Brennen
Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years. She is pictured here with grandson Cane Brennen

A woman has told how she is living in fear after her home was burgled for the third time in three years.

Diane Linsley says she is “living frightened” after jewellery, games consoles and a brand new bike were among the items snatched in the latest raid.

Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years.

Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years.

The 49-year-old, who lives with grandson Cane, 14, said she is “scared to move and scared to stay” in her home.

The most recent break-in took place on September 27, when she returned at around 8.45pm to find her house ransacked.

She said: “I can’t believe I’m still living in this house. I’m living in a nightmare.”

Ms Linsley had been for dinner and had planned to meet her grandson back at their home when she got a call from a friend to say the back door had been smashed.

I can’t believe I’m still living in this house.

Diane Linsley

Cane discovered the damage at the house, Awnless Court, on the Parkway Estate in South Shields.

She said: “To think of the bairn coming in the house. They could have still been there. How bad is that?”

Items stolen include an emerald drop necklace, and a gold necklace with a “D” on it.

Cane’s brand new bike, which he has not yet had a chance to ride, was also taken.

Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years.

Diane Linsley has been broken into three times in three years.

It is a Carrera Vengeance model in gun metal grey, with white and red trim.

Ms Linsley added: “I don’t believe in karma, but if karma is true I wonder what have I done to deserve this?

“I really want it to stop. Somebody, somewhere, must know something.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Young said: “We fully understand how distressing being broken into can be.

“Tackling burglaries is one of our priorities and we continue to actively target those suspected of being responsible.

“I would urge anyone who has information about this burglary to come forward and speak to us.

“If anyone was in Awnless Court during the evening of Sunday, September 27, and saw anything suspicious, we want to hear from them.”

Ms Linsley said a break-in also happened in September 2012, with a second one 
happening about six months later.

Police cannot find any record of these offences.

Contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1365 270915, if you have any information.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.