A ROBBERY victim who was targeted by her former neighbour and had a knife held to her face said her ordeal has left her unable to cook for herself.

Kelly Luckhurst, 33, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, raided the 64-year-old at her home in Dudley Road, Clacton.

They broke in and stole her tablet, purse and diary with the boy holding a blade to her.

Luckhurst, of St Clairs Road, St Osyth, was jailed for six years at Chelmsford Crown Court and banned from contacting the woman for a decade after admitting robbery.

The victim told police the incident had worsened her anxiety and made her Parkinson's Disease symptoms so bad she could not cook.

She had previously lent Luckhurst as much as £70 in an effort to be kind.

In a victim personal statement read out at court she said: "I suffered from anxiety already but it got a lot worse.

"I don't sleep and have had to move to a different flat.

"Since the incident my Parkinson's Disease has got a lot worse.

"I have difficulty cooking because I find it difficult to hold certain things and I do not want to risk slipping or burning myself so I am limited to microwave meals."