Callous thieves target King’s Lynn grandmother, 80, on Christmas Day

Mary Halling (right) with her daughter Nicola Wilsmore, Mary's home was burgled on Christmas Day, ANL-141231-084342009
Mary Halling (right) with her daughter Nicola Wilsmore, Mary's home was burgled on Christmas Day, ANL-141231-084342009

A great-grandmother says thieves who ransacked her home while she celebrated Christmas with her daughter have ruined her life.

Raiders broke into Mary Halling’s home on Goodwins Road, Lynn, on Christmas Day, stealing electrical equipment, jewellery and even Christmas presents which she had yet to deliver.

Mrs Halling, 80, said much of what was stolen cannot be replaced, particularly jewellery which was bought for her by her late husband, Ronald.

She said she had been “gutted” when she discovered the break-in after returning home from enjoying the festivities with her daughter, Nicola Wilsmore, who lives in Gaywood.

Asked how she would react if she met any of the thieves, she admitted she would be tempted to hit them.

She added: “I’d say thank you very much for ruining my life. But, let’s face it, they don’t give a damn.”

Although additional security measures have now been fitted, Ms Wilsmore said she is now scared of being in the house on her own. A friend is currently staying with her.

Ms Wilsmore said of the thieves: “I hope no-one does that to their elderly mother and makes them terrified to be in their own home, which is supposed to be a sanctuary.”

In an initial statement, police said two televisions, a laptop computer and a gold necklace had been stolen from the property.

But Ms Wilsmore said several other items had been found to be missing since then.

The list includes jewellery bought for Mrs Halling by her late husband, Ronald, a camera with numerous pictures stored on it, a Kindle reading device and even wrapped Christmas presents which she had not yet delivered to relatives and friends.

Ms Wilsmore, who described those responsible for the burglary as “lowlife”, said: “They have wiped her completely out.

“They opened them to make sure they were worth taking and took them as well. You just can’t believe the pettiness.”

Detectives are continuing to investigate the raid, which is believed to have happened sometime between 11am and 11pm on Thursday, December 25, and have renewed their appeals for anyone with information to come forward.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “For this type of crime to happen at any time of year is distressing, but the fact it has happened at Christmas makes it even more upsetting for those involved.”

Anyone with information about the raid is asked to contact Det Con Jon Duncan, of Lynn CID, via the non-emergency 101 number.