‘Six officers went out to Ian Wright – but when I got burgled, police wouldn’t even take a statement’: PR worker, 40, blasts Met officers for ‘failing’ her after home raid
- Metropolitan Police sent six officers who posed for photographs with footballer
- But Natalie Neal’s house was ransacked a mile away and police ‘did not help her’
- She said she has been forced to send photos to pawnbrokers and knock on doors
A devastated woman who feels ‘ignored’ after she was burgled the same day officers took a selfie with Ian Wright has blasted the Metropolitan Police for prioritising celebrities over normal people.
Natalie Neal – who lives in Queen’s Park, London – said she has resorted to knocking on neighbours’ doors and sending pictures of her stolen belongings to pawnbrokers in an attempt to find justice.
The 40-year-old had her house ransacked and ‘priceless’ heirlooms taken alongside her Audi TT on April 30, but said no police officers visited or even ‘bothered’ to take a statement because they were too busy.
The 40-year-old (pictured with husband Adam) had her house ransacked and ‘priceless’ heirlooms taken alongside her Audi TT on April 30, but said no police visited or even ‘bothered’ to take a statement because they were too busy
Mrs Neal (pictured) said: ‘It’s hard to describe how devastating having your home broken into like this is’
Among other items stolen were a 100-year-old pair of earrings with sentimental value because they belonged to her deceased grandmother
When she saw six officers pictured on former Arsenal star Ian Wright’s Instagram after recovering his stolen car less than a mile away, however, she said she felt ignored
When she saw six officers pictured on former Arsenal star Ian Wright’s Instagram after recovering his stolen car less than a mile away, however, she said she felt ignored.
Mrs Neal said: ‘It’s hard to describe how devastating having your home broken into like this is.
‘The thieves absolutely wrecked my home and stole things I can never ever replace for sentimental reasons.
‘What’s worse is no one has even visited or bothered to take a statement. The forensics guy who came round said the police won’t come, they’re too busy.’
Items stolen from the house include 100-year-old earrings with immense sentimental value as they belonged to her deceased grandmother
Zoe & Morgan Disc earrings of the Rising Sun were also stolen during the burglary at the Queen’s Park home
Also gone were an antique Avia Diamond watch (left), gold Italian necklaces, fob watch, and locket, numerous antique rings (right), and gold bracelets
This 18 Carat gold Lacy Effect Italian necklace was also stolen from her house
She told The Sun: ‘I feel discriminated against because I am not a celebrity.’
‘To see officers giving the thumbs-up and swapping football stories is hard to take when they supposedly don’t have the time to come to my ransacked home.’
She added: ‘They look starstruck. Perhaps one could stop posing for a photo and pop round to help a nonfamous tax-paying crime victim.’
‘I personally went door to door in my neighbourhood to see if anyone heard or saw anything,’ she went on.
‘I have called 101, who said the case would be closed unless a DNA match [is found] and could offer no advice. They wouldn’t send someone round [because they have] no resources.’
She added: ‘The police did not log my Audi TT stolen until the following day. This was only brought to my attention via my car insurance company who said this wasn’t registered on the national grid of missing cars.
‘I have called 101, who confirmed there is no site to upload images of stolen goods but recommended a number which I called, which is just a recorded message.’
‘Car got nicked tonight and got found by a Tottenham fan policeman… thank you so much,’ Wright, now a football pundit (pictured), wrote next to the photo
She said she had even sent pictures of her belongings to pawnbrokers in the hope of retrieving them if they sold.
Yesterday she said: ‘I would like to speak to the police who say that are to busy to send someone round to mine to see if there is a connection.
‘I’m very happy [Wright] had his car returned, perhaps one of the six officers could stop posing for a pic and pop round to help a non-famous, tax-paying crime victim?’
Mrs Neal, 40, married her husband Adam just last year but already the precious keepsake earrings he gave her to honour their nuptials have been stolen, along with her car.
Among other items stolen were a 100-year-old pair of earrings with sentimental value because they belonged to her deceased grandmother.
Also gone are a TAG Carrera men’s watch, an antique Avia Diamond watch, gold Italian necklaces, fob watch and locket, numerous antique rings and gold bracelets.
The keys to her new Mercedes GLC also disappeared, along with an iPad Mini and wads of cash in Euros, and US and Bermuda dollars.
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