An elderly widow has agreed an undisclosed settlement with a burglar who broke into her home, after the biscuit she offered him contained nuts that were potentially fatal to the violent armed robber.
Doris Perkins, 72, told police she was acting on advice given her by Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, who had advised: ‘Next time a burglar breaks into your house, don’t try to defend your home. You’re better off giving them a cup of tea and a biscuit.’
But Mrs Perkins’ callous disregard for the intruder’s food sensitivities led her to offer house-breaker Michael Hobbs, 32, a Hobnob containing a nut oil that could have resulted in a fatal anaphylactic reaction.
‘Mercifully, I declined Doris’ hospitality in favour of clobbering her around the head with a monkey wrench and stealing her pension,’ said Hobbs. ‘I still shudder to think how things might have turned out.’