Burglars trash Flint house and pour bleach over property


Jamie Nield-Siddall

A MOTHER says she feels “violated” after her house was ransacked by thieves and bleach poured over belongings.

The incident happened on a night that witnessed three serious burglaries in Flint and Holywell.

Gill Hijazi returned to her home on Lon Odyn, Flint to discover her back door forced open by raiders who had also smashed its glass window in gaining access.

Once inside the thieves “trashed the bedrooms” before stealing valuables and carrying out the  bleach attack.

Also during Thursday night and Friday morning, a second house was raided in Flint, where burglars stole and torched a car. A car was also stolen, crashed and abandoned in Holywell.

None of the incidents are being connected by North Wales Police.

Ms Hijazi, 47, who is studying for a masters degree course at Chester University, said a laptop with all of her work on it was stolen in the break-in.

A second laptop, an iPad, jewellery, money, cameras and speakers were also taken, she said.

“I came home just after 5pm and went in the kitchen and noticed all the cupboards were open. I went upstairs and every single bedroom had been absolutely trashed.

“They had also sprayed bleach over everything. I feel violated.”

Ms Hijazi, who has two children, is due to finish her course in the middle of next month. She described the laptop with all her course work on it as “irreplaceable”.

She added: “I didn’t sleep much that night. I feel like they might come back for the rest of the stuff.”

Ms Hijazi said she usually arrived home for about 4.30pm and said if she had not been running late, she could have walked in while the thieves were still in the property.

North Wales Police said three men were seen acting suspiciously in the area after the burglary at Ms Hijazi’s home shortly before 5.30pm on Thursday.

One of the suspects is described as being in his 20s and was seen in the area carrying a heavy blue recycling bag which had been taken from the victim’s house.

Officers are also investigating another burglary in Flint in the early hours if Friday morning

Shortly before 1.10am burglars broke into a property on Northop Road in Flint, stealing a laptop, an iPad and car keys to a grey VW Beetle, which was stolen and later found burned out on the Cornist estate.

In a separate incident, thieves stole the keys to silver Kia Rio from a house in Hafan Deg, Holywell, during Thursday night.

Police, who are reminding residents to secure their property at all times, said it was believed the stolen vehicle crashed into a parked car in Rhoswen at around 5.45am.

The car was then found abandoned with its engine running at Glan Gors at 7.10am on Friday.

North Flintshire Inspector Ceri Hawe said: “We are appealing for information to help trace the offenders in these crimes and I would also remind residents to make sure your doors and windows are locked and not to leave car keys or any other valuables on display.

“Please call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you can help.”

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