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Friday, 16 February 2018

JAILED: Gang robbed 'vulnerable elderly gentleman' of his pension in 'cruel and targeted' attack

JAILED: Gang robbed 'vulnerable elderly gentleman' of his pension in 'cruel and targeted' attack
JAILED: Gang robbed 'vulnerable elderly gentleman' of his pension in 'cruel and targeted' attack



JAILED: Gang robbed 'vulnerable elderly gentleman' of his pension in 'cruel and targeted' attack

A GANG of drug addicts who robbed an elderly man of his pension in a "cruel" attack as he walked home from the pub have been jailed.

Retired Derrick Rooke, aged in his 70s, had drawn his £200 pension in Keighley on July 15 last year before then enjoying a night in the town's pubs.

Prosecutor Rebecca Young told Bradford Crown Court that as Mr Rooke, who has since passed away, walked home at around 1.30am the next morning, he was being followed by Claire Beadle, 38, Claudia Gallagher, 43, and Stephen Groves, 45.


CCTV footage showed the trio on Low Street and Hanover Street, hiding behind walls to track their victim's progress.

Miss Young said that Beadle and Gallagher then approached Mr Rooke on a number of occasions to talk to him, which she described as "weighing up his vulnerability."

As he paused for a rest in Keighley bus station, Gallagher distracted him while Beadle searched his coats and trouser pockets.

He managed to carry on walking, at which point the two women grabbed him firmly by his arms.




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