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Woman, 91, scares off pair of burglars as they target her home

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 January 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A 91-year-old woman frightened off a pair of burglars as they tried to raid her home, a court heard.

A 91-year-old woman frightened off a pair of burglars as they tried to raid her home, a court heard.

The Sprowston woman, who has not been named, heard a door window being smashed and raised the alarm, Norwich Crown Court was told.

And the sight of her looking out of the window scared the pair - causing them to flee empty-handed.

On Friday, Michelle Price, 35, of Watling Road, Norwich, admitted attempted burglary of the home in Linacre Avenue, on November 1 last year.

The court was told she acted as lookout while her partner in crime tried to raid the home of the elderly woman.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the male burglar, who was with Price, smashed a door window which disturbed the pensioner, who raised the alarm.

“She saw a female looking through the window and she shouted at him,” he said.

He added that the pair fled empty-handed but damage to the door was estimated at £100.

He said witnesses identified Price as running from the scene and she later admitted she had acted as lookout.

She also admitted shop theft, including stealing aftershave worth £450 from Debenhams in Norwich.

But after hearing that a long-standing drug addiction lay behind her offending, Judge Katharine Moore imposed a 15-month jail sentence suspended for 21 months and ordered her to attend a drug treatment programme.

Judge Moore said she would reserve any breach of the order to herself and warned if she re-offended she would go straight to jail.

She said: “It’s a last chance. It is now over to you.”

John Morgans, for Price, said she had been addicted to class A drugs for most of her adult life.

He said she tried to turn her life around and stay out of trouble but had started taking drugs again.

He said when she acted as lookout she had no idea it was an elderly person’s home: “She had no idea at all that the individual was an elderly and vulnerable householder.”

He said she had never been involved in any burglary offence before.

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