Pensioner’s home raided as she slept

File photo dated 18/11/11 of a generic view of police tape as two adults and a child have died following an incident at a house in Melton Mowbray, police said tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 8, 2011. See PA story POLICE House. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

File photo dated 18/11/11 of a generic view of police tape as two adults and a child have died following an incident at a house in Melton Mowbray, police said tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 8, 2011. See PA story POLICE House. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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A pensioner has vowed not to let burglars who stole sentimental jewellery from her home while she slept make her lose her independence.

Ann Cartmell, 69, slept upstairs as thieves ransacked her Ilkeston home, going through drawers, emptying her bag and even searching her freezer on Sunday (September 1) night.

She said: “I won’t let the scumbags who did this change the way I am. I won’t let them take my independence.”

Mrs Cartmell was woken up by her son who had arrived at her home early on Monday morning.

He was worried to see that a window had been forced open and rushed inside to discover there had been a break-in.

He broke the news to his mum who then checked to see what had been taken.

Mrs Cartmell said: “The first thing I looked for was a small pot where I kept my wedding ring, my mum’s wedding ring and my grandma’s wedding ring but they were all gone.

“They’ve taken jewellery given to me by friends who have since passed away as well as other things too.”

Cash was taken from an envelope in a drawer which Mrs Cartmell had been saving to give to her newborn great grandaughter and another £110 cash left over from Mrs Cartmell’s holiday was also stolen.

She added: “Most of what was stolen was sentimental and can’t be replaced but it’s gone now.

“You see some people on TV and they’ve been beaten black and blue, at least that didn’t happen to me.

“I’ve always been the same, I just think you’ve just got to get on with things.”

Anyone with information about the break in can call investigating officers on 101.