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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Brave Ulverston woman makes a stand against garden intruders

A VULNERABLE Ulverston resident says she has been subjected to months of torment that has seen her garden ornaments stolen on numerous occasions.

Joan Howard says she has had enough after thieves repeatedly targeted her sheltered accommodation in Tyson Square, with gnomes, animal figures and other ornaments taken from her prized garden.

Last weekend she saw someone climbing over the walls of her garden – something she claims has been happening on and off for six months.

Ms Howard, who volunteers at Ulverston Methodist Church, says even a large security light in her garden, installed by police, has not stopped the thefts.

She said: “I feel I need to make people aware that I know someone is pinching things from my garden.”

She said police have been helpful but so far they have not been able to stop people coming into her garden late at night.

“Things seemed to quiet down a bit,” she said. “Then early on Sunday morning I heard a noise and saw somebody going past my flat and over the garden wall.”

Although she said the experience could be quite unnerving, particularly for those living in sheltered accommodation, Ms Howard is determined not to let petty criminals beat her.

She says she wants to speak out about her experiences in the hope of stopping the thefts.

She said: “It’s not just the ornaments, there’s somebody wandering around my garden in the middle of the night.”

At one point, she even rigged her garden gate so that she would hear if anyone came in.

She said: “I decided to put a brick behind my garden gate so they had to slide my gate.”

But as soon as she had gone to bed she heard a noise and rushed to the window.

She said she has confronted an offender in the past, although the individual ran away before she could identify them.

Police confirmed that a number of garden ornaments, including a fawn-coloured Bambi figure and two grey meerkat ornaments, were stolen from the garden in September last year.

They also confirmed they were called out to Tyson Square on Sunday to investigate another allegation of theft.

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