Crime & Police Roundup 22/07/2011 – Two men sentenced for series of South Ribble robberies

Posted on - 22nd July, 2011 - 9:45am | Author - | Posted in - Crime

Ross Smith, Bradley Day

Two men have been sentenced to a total of eleven and a half years in prison for a series of robberies in South Ribble.


Bradley Day, 23, of Whitefield Road, Penwortham was given a seven year custodial sentence and Ross Smith, 24, of Calder Close, Kirkham was jailed for four and a half years.

Both had pleaded to three counts of robbery on 16 June. Day also pleaded guilty to a further count of robbery and Smith to a house burglary and witness intimidation.

The pair committed a robbery at Bargain Booze on Pope Lane in Penwortham on 22 November 2009 and stole hundreds of pounds in cash.

They also targeted the Tipsy Toad in Longton and Londis in Penwortham on 26 November 2009. No money was taken in the raids.

Day was also sentenced for his part in a street robbery on Cuerdale Lane in Walton-le-Dale on 28 August 2009 when a man was threatened, hit in the face and had his phone, keys and watch stolen.

Smith was also sentenced for a burglary at a property on Berkley Close in Kirkham on 6 January 2010 and for subsequently intimidating a witness in the case. A television, clothing and baseball bat were stolen during the burglary but these were recovered by police a short time later.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cass said: “The sentences given to these two men reflect the serious nature of the offences they committed.

“Fortunately robberies are rare in South Ribble but this should act as a warning to people that if they do commit a robbery, we will do all we can to catch them and send them to prison”.

They were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Thursday 14 July.


A teenager has been jailed for five years for a catalogue of child sex offences.

Sean Whitehead, 18, had previously appeared at Preston Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to three counts of raping a boy under 13, six counts of sexually assaulting a boy under 13, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and eight of making indecent images.

He targeted two young victims after they visited his home during 2009 and 2010. Whitehead came to officers’ attention following a joint investigation with CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection centre) into the indecent images, which then led to the child sex offences coming to light.

Whitehead, of Beach Avenue, Cleveleys, was sentenced to five years imprisonment and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) that will last 10 years. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Con Steve Montgomery, Fleetwood CID, said: “Whitehead has been deemed to be of high risk to young girls and boys.

“I am pleased with the sentence, which has removed him from our streets, as are the victims and their families, who are pleased that their ordeal is now over and that they can begin trying to move on”.


Police are making a renewed appeal for information following a serious sexual assault in Preston.

Shortly after 4am on Sunday 26 June, a 24 year old woman, who had been on a night out in the city, met up with three men on Fishergate, near to Debenhams.

The woman, who is from Leyland, went to a flat on Waltons Parade with the men where she was raped.

She then left the flat and walked to Preston railway station where she alerted a member of the public.

Detectives have now released fresh CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with this offence.

Detective Constable Gareth Andrews said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the woman to go through and we have a team of detectives working to find those responsible.

“I am keen to speak with the men captured on CCTV and would urge anybody who recognises them to come forward.

“If anybody has any information at all about this incident then I would like to speak with them and would urge them to contact police”.

One man has already been arrested and charged in connection with the offence.

Anyone with any information can contact police on 01772 203203 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



If you have any information or incidents that you’d like to include, get in contact at joseph(at)blogpreston(dot)co(dot)uk and I’ll include it in the next roundup.

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