LOOSE Women panellist Nadia Sawalha opened up on today's show about the time she confronted a gang of burglars in her home.
The ITV show was discussing how burglary is on the rise during November as the nights draw in when Nadia recalled a time when she interrupted some thieves as they robbed the home she lived with her parents.
Nadia revealed: "One time I had to call the police because of burglary, they came in their droves, but I think that was because the burglars were still in the home."
The former EastEnders actress, who now lives in Crystal Palace with husband Mark Adderley and daughters Kiki and Maddy, went on to describe the chilling encounter in detail.
"I came home, my sister and I, Dina, came in through the side door because we had a studio flat on the side of my parents' house," she recalled.
"I came into my parents' house and I just felt something was a bit different. My mum's bag was open, the potted plant was out. I heard something upstairs and I knew instantly, 'That's burglars!'"
And in a moment of madness, Nadia reveals she did a "stupid" thing and confronted the criminals.
"So I did this thing, so stupid, and I don't think I would have done this if I was on my own but because Dina was with me, I felt protective of my sister," she explained.
"I just went running up the stairs screaming, 'What are you doing? I know you are in here!' [I went] full South London girl."
Asked by her co-host Carol McGiffin if it crossed her mind that the burglars could have been armed with weapons, she admitted it never entered her head.
"Didn't think about it," Nadia said. "It was actually fear, not braver,y that sent me up there. I felt like, if I just faced them…I saw them up in my mum's room."
Luckily, Nadia's sister dragged her back out of harm's way.
"My sister called me and told me to come downstairs," Nadia revealed. "She was already on the phone to the police and the police told us to come out of the house.
"Within minutes, there were so many police there."
Nadia added that the burglars were "total opportunists" who had left their bikes outside her front door, but unfortunately they weren't brought to justice.
"[The police] didn't get them because they went out the back window and out," she said, before reiterating her regret at confronting the gang.
"I shouldn't have done it," she admitted. "Totally the wrong thing."
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