Grandmother tells of fear over Leigh Park car theft

Grandmother Sheila Holdway's car was stolen from outside her home
Grandmother Sheila Holdway's car was stolen from outside her home
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A DISABLED grandmother who has been repeatedly burgled and has now had her car stolen and torched says she feels a prisoner in her own home.

In the latest incident, 61-year-old Sheila Holdway’s ‘lifeline’ Ford Ka was stolen from outside her home in Littleton Grove, Leigh Park.

Between May and July last year her garden, shed and home were ransacked with the culprit taking her laptop and jewellery as well as expensive power tools she stored for her son in her shed.

But the most painful part was the theft of her late mother’s gardening equipment which is of little monetary value but treasured by Miss Holdway.

She said: ‘It’s only just sinking in that after all that’s happened now someone has taken my car too. I can’t walk very far because I have severe arthritis and other serious health problems.

‘My car was a lifeline to me and it cost me an arm and a leg. I don’t know how I’m going to replace it.

‘Last year I was burgled three times in three months and I believe it is all linked and I’m scared. I won’t go outside the door. It has cut me off. I’m imprisoned.’

Miss Holdway’s silver Ford Ka was stolen between 6pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday, February 23. It was found burned out in Teglease Green, Warren Park, later that night.

The police say they are keeping an open mind on whether the incidents are linked but would like to speak to anyone with information.

Contact PC Stuart Grover at Waterlooville police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.