Despicable burglars steal pensioner’s charity money

Burglary victim Anna Vaughan with councillor John Scott. INNT 47-079-FP

Burglary victim Anna Vaughan with councillor John Scott. INNT 47-079-FP

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A BALLYDUFF pensioner has warned people across the borough to take extra home security precautions after heartless burglars broke into her home and stole money she’d been saving for a children’s charity.

Anna Vaughan, who is a full-time carer for her 70-year-old sister Mary, who has learning difficulties, returned home from church on Sunday night (November 20) to find that thieves had broken into her Forthill Park home and taken around £60 in small change that she’d been putting aside for Hand of Hope - a charity that helps to rescue children from prostitution.

The 65-year-old had just finished sorting the 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and £1 coins into money bags in preparation for tallying up the cash and donating it to the charity.

It is understood the burglars accessed Mrs Vaughan’s house by removing a glass panel from her back door, replacing it again before they left.

“I didn’t even think that anyone had been in the house at first. I thought they’d tried to get in or just broken the glass in the back door, but then I was standing looking around the living room and I realised that the money was gone,” she told the Times.

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