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Yarmouth mum's robbery horror

PUBLISHED: 16:17 10 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:15 30 June 2010

Yarmouth mum Tina Daniels

Yarmouth mum Tina Daniels

A Great Yarmouth mum this week relived the moment when robbers grabbed her and threatened to kill her and her toddler son as they raided her home.

Tina Daniels, 26, of Royal Avenue, was unloading shopping from her car in the kitchen when two men wearing balaclavas grabbed her and hit her while demanding money, as two-year-old George remained in his child's seat in the car.

A Great Yarmouth mum this week relived the moment when robbers grabbed her and threatened to kill her and her toddler son as they raided her home.

Tina Daniels, 26, of Royal Avenue, was unloading shopping from her car in the kitchen when two men wearing balaclavas grabbed her and hit her while demanding money, as two-year-old George remained in his child's seat in the car.

After dragging her upstairs, the burglars stole euros she had left on a dressing table and hit her again, warning that they would kill her and George if she went to the police.

They later made off on foot in the direction of Barnard Avenue.

The shaken former Yarmouth High School pupil was taken to the James Paget University Hospital to be treated for bruises to her legs and arms after the attack, which happened between 6.30pm and 7pm on Monday, December 21.

Mrs Daniels said: “I thought they were going to kill me. My first instinct was to think of my baby.

“They slammed the front door and I just thought of my baby. I was more worried about George. I just thought: 'If they are going to kill me, they are going to kill me,' but I wanted to protect him.”

Although the little boy did not see his mother being attacked, she thinks he was aware that something bad was happening because he was in a distressed state and trying to get out of his car seat when she returned to the car to collect him.

“I was just in total shock. I am now talking about it, but it feels like it has happened to someone else,” she said.

“I am just scared now; now, I am just absolutely petrified. I keep getting the shakes - it is awful. I can't even put the rubbish out without thinking about what happened.”

Mrs Daniels, who lives with husband Nick and works for the family business, spent Christmas with relatives living nearby and in London but could not face returning home until New Year's Day.

Before the attack she had picked George up from a birthday party and had been for a meal at the Alexandra restaurant in Yarmouth before returning home to unload Christmas presents she had in her car boot.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the crime and bailed to report

to Yarmouth police on February 5.

Police say the the suspects involved in the raid were white, English-speaking foreign nationals aged between 25 and 30, about 5ft 7in and slim.

One man has dark-coloured eyes and dark-coloured eyebrows. One man was wearing a dark-coloured, waist-length jacket that was zipped up.

Det Sgt Darren Reade, of Norfolk CID, said: “This was a nasty incident which has left the victim in a state of shock. Clearly it has been a very distressing experience for

her.

Information to Det Sgt Reade on 0845 456 4567 or to Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.


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