Under-siege motorist urges extra vigilance

Ann Sumner from Chorley has had her car broken into eight times.  She is urging drivers to be aware over the Christmas period.'15th November 2014
Ann Sumner from Chorley has had her car broken into eight times. She is urging drivers to be aware over the Christmas period.'15th November 2014

A motorist whose car has been repeatedly targeted by thieves is urging shoppers not to leave anything in their vehicles this Christmas.

Ann Sumner says her Kia has been broken into eight times since January.

Each time it has been parked outside her home off Deer Fold, Astley Village.

Thieves have stolen two handbags – one of which was the last thing given to her by her mother before she died – as well as money, a satellite navigation system, and a nightie and dressing gown bought for a friend in hospital.

On some occasions there was nothing to take, but Ann believes someone has still gone into the vehicle and searched for items.

Ann said: “They are coming back around every month, sometimes a bit longer.

“I think they are giving it time for me to relax and have that one time for me to leave something and then they strike.”

Ann, 47, is encouraging other people to be cautious in the run up to Christmas.

She said: “I don’t want anyone else to have their possessions taken.

“I would urge people to clear their car and don’t leave anything.”

Insp Dave Robinson, from Chorley police, said officers were working with Ann to prevent further incidents.

No arrests have been made.

He added: “Lock your car and if there is anything in it, keep it out of sight.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.