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Mum's terror after 'finding stranger "creeping" up her stairs as eight-year-old daughter played in bedroom'

A mum has described her terror after allegedly finding a stranger 'creeping' up her stairs - while her young daughter was playing in her bedroom.

Beverley Cooke, 53, says she was in the kitchen when her eight-year-old, Maddison, screamed out, "there's a man in the house!", as she played with a friend.

The mum-of-three claims she had to chase the complete stranger out of the door of her East Yorkshire home after the frightening incident.

But she alleges he has repeatedly returned and loitered outside the property in Hull - once, 'armed' with something that looked like a screwdriver.

Police say the man wrongly believes the house is his and have advised the family to keep the windows and doors locked at all times.

Beverley Cooke, 53, and her eight-year-old daughter, Maddison, are pictured at their East Yorkshire home
Beverley Cooke, 53, and her eight-year-old daughter, Maddison, are pictured at their East Yorkshire home

However, Mrs Cooke says she now feels like 'a prisoner in her own home'.

Recalling the incident, the part-time office cleaner said: "I was in the kitchen. My husband was at work and had taken our son with him.

"My daughter, Maddison, was upstairs playing and suddenly shouted 'there's a man in the house'.

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"He was at the end of the stairs and I just shouted, 'get out of my house' and he ran out. On Tuesday we had family around and I'd locked the doors.

"My daughter told me he was at the door with a pair of keys and what looked like a pocket screwdriver. We just told him to go away and we rang the police about him - but he kept coming back."

The mum-of-three claims she had to chase the complete stranger out of the door
The mum-of-three claims she had to chase the complete stranger out of the door

The man, aged in his 50s, allegedly first entered the property last Monday.

Mrs Cooke lives at the house with her 58-year-old husband, Steve, and three children, Maddison, Alfie, 11 and Sophie, 20, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

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She said she was terrified of what could happen if the man gets back into the house.

"I think he needs help," she said. "He said 'get out of the house I'm going to my room' when he was heading towards my son's room.

"I should be able to keep my door open while my children play and now we have to keep everything locked.

"He has been aggressive and tried to get into the house. I know he is vulnerable... but the police are doing nothing."

Mrs Cooke lives at the house with her husband, Steve, and three children, Maddison, Alfie, 11 and Sophie, 20
Mrs Cooke lives at the house with her husband, Steve, and three children, Maddison, Alfie, 11 and Sophie, 20

Mrs Cooke said she hopes the man receives any help he needs.

She added: "The next day me and my husband went out to the market and when we came back he was stood in the driveway, not doing anything, just there.

"He's not stolen anything or done anything awful but you're still scared."

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She claimed the man appeared to be "drunk" several of the times.

"You just imagine the worst case scenario of what would happen if he broke into the house drunk and my little grandson was there," she said.

Police have advised the family to keep the windows and doors locked at all times
Police have advised the family to keep the windows and doors locked at all times

"I feel like maybe he needs to be in a home where there is a warden or someone to look after him. He's clearly vulnerable and should get help that will make everyone safer."

Sergeant Matt Jarvis of Humberside Police, said there was an "ongoing response" to the family's concerns.

Sgt Jarvis, of the Community Policing Team, said: "This is a sad situation for all concerned and I have sympathy for the family involved and understand why they find it so upsetting.

"From our enquiries, it is clear that the man involved hasn't entered the property with any criminal intent and is entering in the belief it is his home.

"To support the family affected we have provided advice on security and are keeping them informed in our on-going response to their concerns."

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