Addicts jailed for robbery

Bridget Walsh and Cindy Thomas (below) were both jailed for robbing a vulnerable pensioner.
Bridget Walsh and Cindy Thomas (below) were both jailed for robbing a vulnerable pensioner.

TWO women who robbed a pensioner after he left a Fleetwood pub have both been jailed for two and a half years.

Cindy Thomas and Bridget Walsh grabbed the stunned 70-year-old and stole his wallet.

Cindy Thomas

Cindy Thomas

They used the £50 proceeds to fund their heroin addiction.

The judge who imposed the prison terms at Preston Crown Court told them: “The two of you effectively targeted a vulnerable victim, who you identified because of his age as being unlikely to give you any trouble if you robbed him.

Thomas, 40, of Oak Street and Walsh, 29, of Gordon Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to robbery. The offence was carried out in Lord Street outside KFC on June 7 last year, said Mr Richard Hunt, prosecuting. The victim – a 70-year-old man – had earlier left the Steamer pub. The court heard Thomas put an arm around him and then went up and took his wallet from his pocket. It was done with such force that it made the pensioner spin round and caused pain in a knee.

Richard Archer for Thomas said any decision to rob was only taken very shortly before the offence happened. She wished she could turn back the clock and would not have acted in such a way, he said. Mr Archer’s submissions were echoed by Paul Humphries, defending Walsh. She too expected a prison sentence to follow, he said. The judge Mr Justice Butterfield said: “I am quite satisfied this offence is so serious only a custodial sentence is justified.”