Intruder jailed for raid on family home in Radcliffe
A woman who burst into a family home in the middle of the night armed with a knife has been jailed.
Paula Wainwright entered the home in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, while a couple and their young children were asleep upstairs.
The "hysterical" 39-year-old then demanded money and tried to steal a laptop, before police arrived.
Wainwright was imprisoned for four years at Bolton Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting aggravated burglary.
The court heard how the couple were woken by the intruder as she burst into their bedroom brandishing a bread knife.
She then rushed around the house, leaving the couple fearing she might go into the children's bedroom.
Wainwright, of Ivy Bank Road, Bolton, grabbed hold of a laptop in the kitchen and demanded money.
'Feared for their lives'
She then fled upstairs after police were called, and was restrained by officers when they threatened to use a Taser.
Det Con Lindsey Worrall, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Imagine how this family must have felt when they were woken in the middle of the night by a stranger who was holding a knife and demanding money.
"They had two small children, Wainwright appeared hysterical and out of control and the family feared for their lives.
"Luckily they were able to call the police while she was still in the house, officers acted quickly and apprehended Wainwright."
Wainwright was also made the subject of a retraining order banning her from approaching the home.