Police launch appeal after woman finds man in her home in early hours

Police are appealing for information after a Nelson woman woke to find a man in her house in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, August 13th).

The woman, (49), was asleep on her sofa in her lounge when at around 4.10am she awoke to see a man standing over her.

She shouted at him to leave and the man then made off from the house on Bispham Road. When police officers patrols attended, he was seen heading in the direction of Ada Street but managed to escape.

DS Louise Darcy from East CID said: “This was an understandably a worrying ordeal for the woman who had simply fallen asleep on her settee.

“We don’t know what this man’s reason for being in the house was as he didn’t speak to her or take anything. Thankfully he left when the woman shouted at him to leave.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we have stepped up patrols in the area and are working to find this man.

“I am asking anyone who may have seen him or anyone acting suspicious in the area at the time to make contact with us. Similarly if you have any information that could help at all, please get in touch.”

The man is thought to have got in to the address through an insecure ground floor window.

This follows a similar incident at a house on Hawthorne Grove, Barrowford on Saturday, July 23rd when a 70-year-old woman woke up to find a man stood over her bed. He left when she shouted at him and is also thought to have gained entry through an open downstairs window.

DS Darcy continued: “I would like to remind people the importance of ensuring their doors and windows are locked in light of this, particularly at night when would-be criminals could use this as a way in.”

The man who was found in the Nelson house is described as Asian, aged in his 20s to early 30s and of slim build.

If you have any information that could help, please either speak to a local officer or call us on 101 quoting incident reference 248 of August 13th.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.