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Young mum too scared to go home after burglars broke into her house while she and her baby slept – Manchester Evening News

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A mum from Wythenshawe says she is too frightened to go home after burglars broke into her house while she and her son slept next door.

Jamie-Lee Sterling, 25, woke up to the terrifying discovery that her home in Sharston had been robbed while she was asleep on Sunday night.

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She and her three-year-old son had been in bed when thieves managed to break in through a living room window and ransack the house.

The mum-of-one claims they stole a BMW she had been borrowing from her dad, £300 in cash, and a Peugot van owned by her partner.

Miss Sterling says the break-in has left her too scared to sleep at night and has forced her to start looking for a new house to rent, as a result of her ordeal.

Jamie-Lee had been borrowing her dad’s BMW three-series when it was stolen(Image: Jamie-Lee Sterling)

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, she said: “It is crazy to think they were just in the next room from myself and my son and I am so grateful he was in bed with me.

“It’s so scary to think what could have happened if he had wondered into the lounge while they were there.”

“It’s just constantly on your mind we don’t want to come back to the house now and I have already looked to see if we can pay off the tenancy early and move out,” Miss Sterling added.

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Jamie says she and her partner went to bed around 12am on Sunday night, with him sleeping in the nursery while their son slept with mum.

It wasn’t until she woke up for work the following morning that Jamie realised her house had been broken into.

“I walked into the living room and saw my red handbag upside down,” she said.

The Peugot van belonging to Jamie-Lee’s partner which was stolen from the property (Image: Jamie-Lee Sterling)

“I looked inside and thought, where are my car keys? I realised that my purse had gone as well.

“Both our coats that were hanging up by the door had been taken as well – my partner had £200 cash in his jacket pocket.”

Miss Sterling says that when her partner went to check the two cars, which were left in a secure car park, both spaces were empty.

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She believes that police used a crowbar to prise open the windows, which Jamie claims were locked when the couple went to bed.

“When you have children it just puts it all in a different light – it’s really scary,” she said.


“I work as a health care assistant looking after vulnerable people and I don’t want to imagine it happening to people like that stuck in bed.”

Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.

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