THIEVES entered the home of a single Wrexham mum and her two young children before making off with her car.

Adele Clays, from Coedpoeth, says she was simply 'pottering about the house' on Heol Cadfan when the theft occurred on the evening of Monday, October 14.

The 31-year-old says thieves entered her house, took the car keys - which include her house keys - and stole her a car, a Vauxhall Astra.

Miss Clays explained: "I usually lock the front and side door at 4pm, but I'd forgotten to take the bins out so it remained unlocked.

"I closed the blinds at 7pm and the car was still there, but then at 9pm when I took the bins out I saw the car had gone.

"I thought I must have left the keys in the ignition but realised my house keys were on the same set of keys which I'd used to get in the house.

"It was then I realised what had happened. At some point when either I'd been upstairs or in another room, they've snuck in and taken the keys from my utility room and driven off."

Miss Clays told of how shaken she is in the wake of the incident.

She said: "I was initially so upset that the car had gone - I'm a single mum to two young children (aged four and six), so to know someone had been in the house at the same time as us is terrifying.

"I'm really shaken but it could have been a lot worse - I dread to think what could have happened if I, or worse, my kids walked in on the intruder.

"But we're all safe which is the main thing."

She said how sad it is that you can longer be in the house with your doors unlocked.

She added: "You feel safe when in your own home, or at least you should do. But obviously not - I won't be leaving my house unlocked again and thankfully the council came and changed the locks straight away."

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "A report was made at 9.42pm on October 14 that a Vauxhall Astra had been stolen sometime between 4pm and 9.42pm in Hoel Cadfan.

"The thief entered the address through an unlocked side door and took the keys from a hook before stealing the vehicle."

And worryingly, police said this was the second theft in as many days in Coedpoeth.

The spokesman said: "A Seat Leon was stolen on October 13 from an address on Heol Maelor. The thief smashed a rear window of the property to gain entrance."