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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Burglars could have used shovel on me', says Twink in raid ordeal

Adele King, aka Twink, whose home was recently ransacked by burglars as she took her dogs for a walk (Tony Gavin)
Adele King, aka Twink, whose home was recently ransacked by burglars as she took her dogs for a walk (Tony Gavin)

Panto legend Adele King, also known as Twink, has spoken about the harrowing details of her recent home robbery.

The stage star revealed how "violated" she feels since the break-in at her Dublin home in January.

The Rathfarnham property was ransacked while the mother-of-two, who is new face of PhoneWatch, was taking her five dogs for a walk.

She returned to find "frightening destruction" after burglars stole jewellery and vandalised her bedroom.

Disarray

"As I walked in the door, it looked calm and normal as usual and I went to get my charger for my phone upstairs. The landing was in disarray," she told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk.

"There's a large square foot in my room and there wasn't once square inch of it visible - the destruction was frightening.

"Pictures were taken off walls and smashed, panels behind toilets were pulled out and snapped.

"In the walk-in closet, which was completely trashed, everything was taken including things I wanted to give to my daughters.

"There was stuff smashed and there are days I walk in still and see the devastation and destruction and think, 'Why?'.

"The pair of earrings I have on is the pair I left the house in that day. They left me buckets of plastic crap - all the costume jewellery, handbags - they knew what they were taking."

However, the most unnerving part of her ordeal was the discovery of a garden shovel on the premises, which she says, gardai said would have been used on her had she walked in on the criminals.

"They found a garden shovel sitting on a pile of clothes.

Dusting

"As the forensic guy was dusting the shovel down and a garda was taking notes, I asked, as matter of interest, 'Was that intended to be used on me?'.

"He never looked up from the notebook and said: 'You'd be sure it would have been used on you', not batting an eyelid," she said.

Twink added that burglaries, particularly targeting pensioners, is a "pandemic" and called for more "garda manpower" and said she's become a nervous wreck in her own home.

"I love Rathfarnham. You're not a big deal anymore, you're just one of the neighbours. I was never fearful before, but now I jump at everything," she said.

"It's a total violation - its' your space. I felt revolted even turning a light switch on. I think that's the bit that's terribly hard for me."

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