Family vow to move after second burglary in a year
BURGLARS have forced a young couple to look for a new home after their property was targeted twice in just a year.
And they have vowed to be in a new house by Christmas after they disturbed thieves this week.
The couple, who do not want to be named, have been left shaken by the ordeal, which happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in Mendip Road, Prestbury, Cheltenham.
Their dog's barking alerted the pair to the thieves, who had managed to snatch a handbag and laptop before attempting to escape by stealing their car.
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Hearing the noise, the man raced downstairs, scaring the intruders off.
"I didn't think about what I was doing," he said. "I just wanted to get them away from my house."
The man, 29, who works as a manager at a supermarket in the town, said they were still trying to work out how the men had got in.
"We tend to lock the front door behind us when we get in from work," he said.
"But as it was Halloween, we had a lot of children trick or treating so we were constantly going to the door."
He added that it had left his wife deeply upset.
"It is the psychological effect which they don't think about," he said.
"This is the second time we have been burgled in the last year.
"I can't leave my wife on her own and I can't blame her for wanting to get out.
"My little girl, who is five, wanders around the house sometimes in the early morning and she could have been downstairs when they walk in.
"I understand why people go to extremes to protect their home – it is either them or my family.
"I can guarantee you that we will not still be here at Christmas.
"We will be out of here no matter what the cost.
"We just have to move from here as soon as we possibly can."
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and stolen property, including a laptop and handbag, has been recovered.
The two men, aged 19 and 20, remain in police custody.
Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to contact Gloucestershire police on 101, quoting incident number 60 of November 1.
You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org and you may receive a reward if someone is arrested and charged.