‘I froze, I saw a man standing in front of me and at first I thought he was going to attack me. I was so scared I didn’t know what to do’. – The Havering Daily

‘I froze, I saw a man standing in front of me and at first I thought he was going to attack me. I was so scared I didn’t know what to do’.


A single mother of three has described the frighting moment her car was stolen in front of her as she pulled over to put air in her tyre.

I froze, I saw a man standing in front of me and at first I thought he was going to attack me. I was so scared I didn’t know what to do”.

Yesterday Sharlene Tees from Harold Hill had gone out after three days of being at home with her seven year old son who had been poorly, to collect her car keys from her friend and run some errands in Hilldene.

Sharlene told the Havering Daily:

I had gone to my friend’s house to collect my house keys and she wasn’t in so I decided to go and get some bits as I had not been out of the house for three days due to my son being poorly.

As I was driving I noticed that my car didn’t seem right and decided to stop to put air in the passenger side tyre.

I pulled up along West Dene Drive where I thought it was quiet and I would not be in anyone’s way. I jumped out of the car and dropped my keys without even realising. I’ve not been sleeping well due to my son being unwell.

The next thing I knew this man was standing next to my car, I looked at him and at first I thought I was going to be attacked, I was so scared. Then he smiled at me and winked and jumped in my car driving away with the pump still attached to my tyre.

I ran in to the carpet shop in a state of shock and Kim from the carpet shop was so kind she helped me calm down and called the police and even drove me about to see if he had dumped my car anywhere.

He then drove down my road at a hundred miles an hour as my neighbours saw my car speeding down the road. They told me they had seen my car go past being driven in an erratic manner.

We drove around Harold Hill and I followed the tracks of my broken car pump left strewn all over the road and it looks like my car was driven towards the Collier Row area.

My car had all my personal information in it so this man now know’s my name, my address and other confidential information. He know’s all about me. I had hospital letters in there, my phone, items that belong to my children.

This is so horrible, it makes you not want to go out anymore. It was the first day I had been out after three days and this happens“.

Sharlene however is thankful of two particular things.

Thank goodness my friend was not at home otherwise he would have had my address and my house keys as well. But most importantly I am so lucky that I did not take my son out with me as I always do and that I had left him at home or my son would have been in the back of my car.

My car has blacked out windows at the back and he would have never seen him sitting in the back. He is just seven years old and suffers with ADHD and something like this would have traumatised him for life. I am so relived that he was not in the car.

The suspect is described as a skinny white male aged in his thirties with a farmers cap on and a black beard. He was seen in the area before the theft by locals in shops who noticed him standing around outside.

Police said the CCTV cameras there don’t work but his smile will haunt me forever. I can’t get his face out of my mind when he smiled and winked at me, it will remain with me forever.”

Sharlene is now looking for any lock fitters who could please help her install extra locks in her house to keep her and her three children safe.

She needs the community’s help so please if you can help install locks for her, contact us at the Havering Daily either on our website or our facebook page.

Please look out for Sharlene’s Black Ford Fiesta Titanium registration number FY 11 ZJU.

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