Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raiders Leave Cynthia Afraid to Leave Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raiders Leave Cynthia Afraid to Leave Home

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

Court Reporter rob.Kennedy@ SCARED to leave the house, her two beloved cats dead, her life in ruins - all because of a pair of cold-hearted burglars.

Frail Cynthia Robson feels like a prisoner in her own home after it was trashed by a raiders who made off with PS50,000 of valuables.

The devastated 71-yearold, crippled by arthritis, is now too terrified to leave her flat and is struggling to come to terms with the wanton destruction caused by Brian Hindmarch and Anthony Dalby.

And she told today how she blames the burglars for the death of cats Babe and Wabbit in the weeks after the break-in, which she says has broken her heart.

Miss Robson, from Newcastle, a retired tailor and clairvoyant, said: "I'm frightened in my own home and I still get the flashbacks from when I first found it, it's terrifying.

"The first few months were the worst, I couldn't sleep with the lights off and I would think there were people in the room. It was like living in terror, I was in fear the whole time, I was frightened to close my eyes at night. I've only been out once since this happened, for half-anhour, and I just felt fear. I was thinking I must get back, what if someone is in my home. I just stay in all the time now, I don't want to go out because I'm so afraid."

Miss Robson had been out for the day with her carer when Hinmarch and Dalby smashed their way in through a toilet window.

The pensioner, who had polio as a child, has had arthritis since she was 45 and is in constant extreme pain and has to take morphine, said she could not believe the state her home was in.

She said: "The place was desecrated, you can't imagine how bad it was."

Miss Robson said the break-in had caused a deterioration in her health and said she believes the shock killed Babe, 20, and Wabbit, 22.

She said: "This has had a bad affect on me and it caused the death of my two cats.

"Babe died two weeks afterwards from the distress.

I couldn't find Wabbit for a while afterwards and when I did his mouth was bleeding. I don't know if they had done something to him or whether he had got hit when they were throwing stuff around. …

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