Penarth mother describes terrifying moment thugs smashed up home with golf clubs
11:03am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Penarth news
A Penarth mother has described the terrifying moment her home was attacked by two men with golf clubs, and said she has barely slept since.
Elizabeth Cocks’ Shakespeare Avenue home was targeted at 12.30am on Wednesday last week (August 14) when she answered the door thinking it was her 21-year-old son’s friend drunk and looking for somewhere to stay.
But she was confronted by two men demanding to see her son, Jake, before one of the clubs was smashed through the front door, injuring her wrist.
Also present in the house was the one-year-old daughter of Elizabeth’s godson, who had been sleeping in the front bedroom only the night before – where the windows were also shattered.
Elizabeth, who is disabled and suffers from fibromyalgia - a condition which causes chronic physical pain - says she cannot remember what happened after she and Jake managed to slam the door shut.
“I must have blacked out because there is no recollection between then and the time when I rang the police,” she said.
“I have always felt very safe around here, but it was terrifying. I can’t sleep in the nights anymore because I am up at the slightest noise.
“We have no idea why they came to our house. Jake is not a tearaway, he keeps himself to himself so we, and the police, think they may have come to the wrong house.”
Elizabeth said she had since considered moving from the home where they have lived for the last four years, but Jake refuses to be driven out.
They both praised the fast-action of the police.
“They were amazing,” Elizabeth added. “The police helicopter was overhead while I was on the phone reporting the incident.
“But the most concerning thing is that we have been told that another similar incident occurred on Redlands Road recently. I urge people not to answer the door unless you are sure who it is.”
The police are said to have found a palm print at the scene, and are awaiting the results.
A spokesperson said: “An investigation into the incident is continuing and officers are appealing for information about two suspects.
“One is described as male, white, aged mid 30s, 5ft 8ins in height, with a shaved head, of stocky build wearing a sleeveless top.
“The second suspect is described as male, white, aged mid 30s, unshaven, wearing a hooded top with the hood up.”
Anyone with information should contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.