A pensioner who came home to find thieves in her garden and much of her home trashed has thanked police for their help.
The 70-year-old, who does not want to be named, has praised officers from Bedfordshire Police after a break-in at her home in High Street, Wrestlingworth, on April 10.
She said: “The officer who took my call was superb. He spoke to me, assisted me and helped me deal with the shock I faced on arriving home to find thieves in my garden and much of my home trashed.
“As an elderly woman living alone, his help was invaluable.
“The officers attending were all so helpful and professional and I want them to know how much I appreciate their care – it has helped me cope with the shock and apprehension such an experience causes.
“It is a horrible feeling to think your home has been invaded.”
Chief Constable Colette Paul passed on her own thanks to the officers involved in dealing with the case, including call handler Luke Denham, PCs Jessica Brace and Daniel Taylor, scenes of crime officer Kelly-Anne Kenyon, Detective Constable Jason Wheeler and Detective Sergeant Mark Stewart.
She said: “I want to pass on my congratulations and thanks to these officers who went beyond the call of duty to make this lady feel more at ease following her traumatic experience.
“Burglary, and indeed any crime, can have a devastating impact on victims and that’s why it is our mission to work hard to protect people, fight crime and help keep Bedfordshire safe.
“We are proud to serve our communities and put their best interests at the heart of everything we do.”
Enquiries into the burglary are on-going. Anyone with information which could assist the investigation should call the police non-emergency number 101, or text 07786 200 011.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.