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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 May, 2003, 06:26 GMT 07:26 UK
Misery of couple 'burgled 192 times'
Burglary
Property worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been taken
A couple say they have become prisoners in their own home after being burgled 192 times in four years.

Rita Redfarn and Bruce Charter, of Earith, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, say they fell prey to burglars for the 192nd time after leaving their house unattended for the first time since the New Year.

"We decided to go out for two hours and obviously were being watched or had been seen in the local pub," Ms Redfarn said.

"It's just been hell here for four years."

Since 1999 property worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been taken from the couple's 475,000 Victorian house, its two-acre garden and outbuildings.

Jewellery worth up to 7,000 was taken in the latest raid alone.

The house has been on the market for two years and we have not had a person look at it
Bruce Charter

The couple can no longer get insurance cover.

"We have lost everything," Ms Redfarn said. "We just sit here day after day. I just cry all the time."

Mr Charter, 55, said he had given up his roofing business to stay at home and protect the property, which has been their home since 1982.

"The house has been on the market for two years and we have not had a person look at it - as soon as they see how many robberies we have had they don't want know," he added.

Police Inspector Richard Douce, said: "Officers in Ely are aware of the continued problems at the address in Earith and have worked with Mr Charter in the past to look at the security at his house and outbuildings.

"Over the next week officers will be reviewing the problem, which will include drawing up a new action plan - in conjunction with Mr Charter - to tackle the problem."


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