Heartless thieves have stolen wall slates from a 96-year-old widow.
They struck at Mrs Joan Lawton’s home in the early hours leaving her distressed and shaken.
The slates were taken from along the top of a stone wall in the quiet cul-de-sac.
But now kind-hearted Edward Branston said neighbours and friends had rallied round to support her since the theft at her home, a detached bungalow, in Netherthong, at 2.30am on Friday, May 13.
Mr Branston said: “It seems the thieves were disturbed by a male neighbour who went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and frightened them off by switching on an outside light.
“The police were called and came out within five minutes.
“I understand the car was abandoned in Oldfield, near Honley, and the slates transferred to another vehicle.
“The slates weren’t of any great quality and might have been worth no more than £100 if the thieves were lucky.
“I’ve advised Joan not to bother getting the slates replaced as they are only a temptation for them to come back.
“As you can imagine Joan was distressed and a bit shaken by police turning up in the early hours.
“They have been very good and been back a couple of times since.”
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