Man jailed for attacking elderly woman during robbery at Corsham church

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A man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to a robbery in Corsham where he pushed an elderly woman to the floor as he stole her handbag.

George Gale, 23, of no fixed address, Chippenham, appeared at Swindon Crown Court yesterday (20/07) and pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery.

He has been jailed for four years.

The robbery happened on the afternoon of 2 November 2018 when an elderly volunteer were clearing up at St Bartholomew's Church in Church Street following a service.

The woman, who was 87 at the time, was grabbed by Gale, who pushed her to the floor and stole her handbag. She suffered a frozen shoulder and soreness and bruises as a result of the assault.

Gale was quickly identified as the offender, due to a local police community support officer recognising the description of his distinctive Labretta scooter which was parked outside the church at the time.

Sergeant Gavin Brewster, from the Chippenham Area Community Policing Team, said: "This was a horrible crime which targeted an elderly woman who was volunteering at her local church.

"When she was attacked this woman was terrified and was left with a nasty and painful injury to her shoulder.

"Thanks to the knowledge of a local PCSO, Gale was quickly identified and arrested, which highlights the importance of good quality local policing and knowing your local community."
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