Great-gran’s windows smashed in brick attack

Suzanne Reid fears she has been the victim of mistaken identity after two of her windows were shattered. Picture: Greg Macvean

Suzanne Reid fears she has been the victim of mistaken identity after two of her windows were shattered. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A GREAT-gran has told of the terrifying moment a brick smashed through her bedroom window as she slept.

Suzanne Reid was jolted awake at 2am by a “terrible crash” as shattered glass sprayed across her bedroom floor in Meetinghouse Drive, Tranent.

The 70-year-old retired civil servant was so shocked she initially thought her wardrobe had fallen over – but when she went downstairs to phone the police she was horrified to find another brick had been lobbed through her living room window.

Ms Reid, who lives alone and survived a battle with breast cancer four years ago, said she feared she had been the victim of mistaken identity.

She said: “I was in bed asleep and I heard a terrible crash. I thought my wardrobe had fallen down, so I got up and had a look – and that’s when I noticed the glass all over the floor.

“Then I went down to the kitchen and saw a brick lying on the living room floor and broken glass.

“The first thing that came into my mind was ‘why?’ Why do such a thing at all? What sort of pleasure do they get out of that? I don’t understand it at all.

“It was frightening, and my next thought was ‘are they going to come back?’ Whoever it was they might think ‘that’s an easy target in there – let’s do it again’.”

Ms Reid said the brick launched through her living room window in the early 
hours of last Thursday morning had been thrown with such force that it had crashed through the double glazing and landed on the other side of the room – narrowly missing her TV.

She said: “I had presents lying ready to be wrapped on my bedroom floor upstairs, and it wasn’t until I moved them that I actually found the other brick. All the presents were covered in glass – I had bought a housecoat as a gift which had glass on it.

“The windows have been boarded up now and the place is a bit dark.”

But despite being contacted by victim support groups, 
she said her close-knit family had rallied behind her to 
make sure she was OK – with son Stuart Cassidy travelling down from Arbroath to be with her.

Mr Cassidy, 49, said: “She has double glazing so the bricks must have been thrown with some force.

“She didn’t hear the first brick, but she woke up with the one smashing through 
her bedroom window and 
when she got up to phone the police she found the living room window had been smashed as well.

“It’s disgusting. She is very shaken by it.”

A police spokesman said: “Police in East Lothian are investigating a report of vandalism after a window was broken at a property in Meetinghouse Drive, Tranent, in the early hours of Thursday, December 18.

“Anybody who noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland.”

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com