Neighbours tell of shock after burglar raids 87-year-old woman’s home

INVESTIGATION Police looking into the burglary in Lymbourn Road, Havant
INVESTIGATION Police looking into the burglary in Lymbourn Road, Havant

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Neighbours have told of their shock after a burglar broke into the home of an 87-year-old woman in Havant.

The pensioner needed hospital treatment after a man forced his way into her detached home in Lymbourn Road.

The 87-year-old woman is understood to have been alone when the burglar broke in at about 3.30am yesterday.

Paramedics were later called and she was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Detectives would not say the nature of her injuries, but confirmed they were not life-threatening.

She was discharged yesterday evening and is being looked after by her family.

Police teams were in Lymbourn Road from the early hours.

Officers cordoned off a wooded path next to the house and forensic officers in protective suits were seen going in and out of the property taking evidence.

A fingertip search was carried out on land around the property and officers were seen searching through bushes and trees.

A statement from Hampshire police said: ‘Police are investigating a burglary at an address in Lymbourn Road, Havant.

‘A man forced entry to the home of a woman in her 80s just before 3.30am.

‘Officers are in the process of establishing the exact circumstances of the incident. The woman received treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but has now been discharged.’

Detectives were set to interview the woman today to get a full account of what happened.

Neighbours were shocked to see three police vans in the quiet cul-de-sac, which is full of Victorian properties and a short walk from Havant town centre.

One neighbour said: ‘It’s a little bit disturbing.

‘It makes you think about security. The fact they have been here for hours and hours would suggest they are seriously interested in something. It’s a very quiet area.’

The next-door neighbour said she did not hear anything, but sent her thoughts to the elderly woman.

She said: ‘We’ve known her for ages – she’s a lovely lady.’

One resident was shocked to be stopped by police from walking down a pathway.

The woman said: ‘I walk round here all the time and I am never worried about being safe. I’m surprised.’

Police said they would be stepping up patrols.

Anyone with information should call Havant CID on 101.