Pensioner will not cry over spilt milk

Photo : David Hurst'Eileen Halsall of Harrison Road, Chorley, takes steps to stop the thief who keeps stealing her milk
Photo : David Hurst'Eileen Halsall of Harrison Road, Chorley, takes steps to stop the thief who keeps stealing her milk

For some people, stolen milk bottles might be a trivial crime.

But for Chorley grandma Eileen Halsall, the problem couldn’t be more serious.

The pensioner, of Harrison Road, is so fed up about her milk being stolen from her doorstep that she’s taken the matter into her own hands.

After the second incident of missing milk, on Tuesday last week, she has put a sign outside her home which reads ‘To the thief who stole an OAP’s milk, next time, please smile for the camera’.

Eileen, 74, said: “I get mad because, for the second time now, I’ve had my milk stolen from my doorstep.

“It must have been really early in the morning, because my husband got up at 6.30am and they were gone.

“I don’t know who would be up at that time to do a thing like that.

“You’re either out on a very early shift or up to no good.

“The milkman has reimbursed me, but he shouldn’t have to.

“I’ve taken it into my own hands now, you have to.”

Eileen has her bottle of milk supplied every day in the week, and two bottles on Saturday, by Critchley Dairies in Chorley, and says she prides herself on shopping locally.

She said: “I’m quite loyal to Chorley, and I like to stay local. I’ve been having milk delivered here for over 30 years,” she said. “I get two bottles on a Saturday because they don’t come round on Sundays, and my milkman always makes sure I get an extra bottle for bank holidays.

“I buy from the butchers and I have my milkman, but he is the one out of pocket because of this.

“I like to stay local but I’m not going to supply the milk for a thief.”

A spokesman for Chorley Police said the incident was not reported to them.