Jail for man who knocked elderly woman to ground in Sheffield street

A man has been jailed over a robbery in which he knocked an elderly woman to the ground in a Sheffield street.

Monday, 19th August 2019, 08:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 16:54 pm

Joseph Neil, aged 22, of Rudyard Road, Hillsborough,Sheffield, was handed a two-year prison sentence over the robbery in which he targeted an 80-year-old woman.

His victim was walking along Hillsborough Road when Neil struck on Thursday, April 4 – stealing the OAP’s handbag, which contained her house keys, phone and £46.

Joseph Neil

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The elderly woman was knocked to the ground in the process.

She was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a member of the public rushed to her aid.

Yvonne Fairbrother, who led the police investigation into the incident, said: “This was a callous, careless act of violence against a vulnerable victim.

“I welcome the sentencing and I hope it can offer some reassurance to her, and the public, that we will not let these types of crimes go unpunished.”