A WIGAN family say they are living in fear after a burglary took place in their home while they were asleep upstairs.
Mother-of-two Nicola Lorimer has spoken out after her house was broken into in the middle of the night and thousands of pounds worth of possessions taken, including potentially lethal drugs used for arthritis.
She is also now worried that the eight pens of Enbrel that were taken could fall into the wrong hands and be misused.
The break-in took place at the family’s home in Pendle Road, Golborne in the early hours of last Wednesday.
At the time, Nicola and her partner were asleep upstairs, as were her brother and twin 16-year-old daughters.
The offenders got into the house through a ground floor window and loaded a 50-inch flat screen TV, three jackets, jewellery, an iPad and a laptop into the VW Golf that belonged to the family.
The car was found abandoned about a mile away, but all the items had been taken.
“We’ve lived here for about three or four years now and it’s usually quite quiet,” said Nicola.
“It’s so frustrating as we’re now coming up to Christmas and the television is gone, my daughters are at sixth form college and the laptops are gone for their work.
“It’s the little things really that you don’t even think about and take for granted.
“I’m not really that bothered about material possessions though.
“What does worry me is that we don’t even feel safe in our own home now.
“It’s horrific, our house backs on to Golborne High School’s field and I think they’ve been watching the house and planning it.
“We’re looking at moving away now, it’s horrible that my daughters don’t feel safe.”
A particular area for concern is the stolen drugs and the damage they can cause in the wrong hands.
Police have sent out a picture of the pens in a bid to alert people that they may not be what they seem revealing that they have the potential to kill.
Nicola added: “It’s a really expensive drug and in the wrong hands it can be quite dangerous.
“What is even more strange is that they didn’t take all of them, they took eight and left four – it’s unbelievable.”
Police Constable Jonathan Burr said: “Anyone who comes into contact with this drug out of curiosity needs to be warned that it is extremely dangerous to anyone who hasn’t had it prescribed to them.
“It treats those with rheumatoid arthritis and offers pain relief by killing the patient’s white blood cells.
“If this drug is not for you, taking it could kill you.
“We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this burglary, which took place between midnight and 6am, to call us.”
Nicola and her family are now preparing for Christmas without their television, computers and one of their cars.
Unfortunately, any other day of the year, the family dog would have acted to defend their home but on this occasion was upstairs due to the fireworks.
However, Nicola says she is relieved nobody approached them as the burglars had left knives out on the side to defend themselves with.
She added: “They had all our knives out on the side in case anyone came down.
“The fact they were so prepared to defend themselves like that is so scary.
“It sounds like there were two of them. One came in the downstairs window and unlocked the door from the inside.
“No-one heard anything, when I came downstairs I thought something was up as the light was on and then when I saw the downstairs, I knew straight away. It’s been an absolutely horrific time – I don’t know how someone can do this to other people.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.