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Woman who preyed on elderly victims in Ribbleton robberies jailed for seven years

Posted on - 10th March, 2022 - 9:44pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, Ribbleton
Natalie Hough
Natalie Hough

A woman has been jailed for more than seven years after robbing elderly residents in Ribbleton.

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Natasha Hough, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday (8 March).

In June 2020 a woman in her 60s was walking home when she was approached by a woman near to Dunnerdale Close.

The woman, later identified as Hough, grabbed the victim’s handbag and ran off. A man chased Hough, who dropped the handbag and purse, with the victim later finding cash had been stolen.

In August 2020 a man in his 70s living in the Dawnay Road area reported a robbery to police.

Two women had come to the front door of his property asking for money, before stealing £420, £200 of cigarettes and two gold rings, and then making off from the scene. The victim suffered minor injuries.

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Hough was also convicted of a theft offence from Superdrug in the St George’s Shopping Centre in June 2019, as well as perverting the course of justice.

After pleading guilty at court, she was handed a sentence of seven years and six months in prison.

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Det Con Stephen Rotherham, of Preston CID, said: “Hough was a prolific offender who targeted vulnerable people.

“She preyed upon elderly victims, knowing they were isolated and helpless.

“Thankfully she has been handed a lengthy prison sentence, where she can reflect upon the gravity of her actions.”


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