Burglar repeatedly raided pensioner's home as she slept

A woman whose home in Long Eaton was burgled five times by the same man has been given an award for her courage in catching him.

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Honour for plucky pensioner who chased off burglar

A plucky pensioner who chased off a persistent burglar who raided her home repeatedly as she slept in her armchair has been honoured.

Margaret Woodward, aged 68, was even awake and watching TV on one of the occasions burglar Patrick Reid casually strolled into her living room.

Margaret Woodward with her certificate Credit: ITV News Central

She has been awarded £1,500 for bravely confronting Reid and chasing him out, and has been given a certificate from the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Derek Mapp, in honour of her actions.


Brave pensioner chased out brazen burglar with stick

Secret cameras set up in the living room of pensioner Margaret Woodward's home caught the moment a brazen burglar strolled into her living room - while she was watching TV.

Apparently unconcerned by her presence, the man walked straight into the 68-year-old's Long Eaton home in one of five raids.

But the brave pensioner decided enough was enough, and can be seen on the video grabbing a walking stick, which she used to chase Patrick Reid from her home.

She has now been awarded £1,500 for her bravery as her actions helped put him behind bars for four and a half years.

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