Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Serial Thief Locked Up for Raid on 81-Year-Old; MAN POSED AS WINDOW CLEANER TO FLEECE GREAT-GRAN OUT OF Pounds 500

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Serial Thief Locked Up for Raid on 81-Year-Old; MAN POSED AS WINDOW CLEANER TO FLEECE GREAT-GRAN OUT OF Pounds 500

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY

A LOWLIFE who posed as a window cleaner to fleece an 81-year-old great grandmother has been locked up for five years.

Serial criminal Philip Lamb has spent 10 years of his life behind bars after carrying out distraction burglaries time and time again.

Just weeks after getting out of prison for his last offence, he turned up at the home of a trusting pensioner and pretended to be there to clean her windows.

Lamb tricked the 81-year-old into making it clear where she kept her money and when her back was turned stole pounds 500 of her savings from her bedroom.

The victim was left so traumatised she had to be rushed to hospital afterwards and now her son, Barry Gutteridge, has told of her ordeal.

Mr Gutteridge, 56, said: "It's heartbreaking she has got to this age living a quiet life and something like this has happened to her. "After it happened my mam was really struggling and we had to call an ambulance. I was worried we were going to lose her because of the shock of it all.

"I still think about it now and how lucky we are to still have her, she's not in the best of health anyway. "This was an appalling thing to do and I don't think these criminals realise the impact they have."

The victim, from Jarrow, had answered a knock at her door in the middle of the afternoon on April 21.

Standing there was Lamb, who lied that he was there to clean her windows and she agreed.

He asked her for a bucket and water and came into the lady's hallway while she went to get the materials.

She came back to the hall and Lamb told her the bucket was overflowing and when she went to check it he followed her into the kitchen.

The devious thief then set about finding where she kept her money, first asking to borrow 10p to ring his girlfriend then asking her to change pounds 5 from coins into a note. …

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