Robber jailed after attack on pensioner

Paul Moss.
Paul Moss.

A man who robbed an 84-year-old woman of her purse in Morecambe was jailed for more than four years this week.

Paul Moss, 42, pleaded guilty to assaulting the pensioner on Pedder Street on August 18 and was sentenced to three years and nine months.

Moss, from Morecambe but of no fixed address, also admitted a charge of trespassing into a house on the town’s Queen Street on July 30 with the intention of committing a burglary.

He was handed a further eight months in prison for the offence.

And he was ordered to serve four months after pleading guilty to a third charge - handling copper piping which had been stolen from a house on Deansgate in Morecambe on July 25.

The sentences, handed down at Preston Crown Court, will be served consecutively, meaning Moss was sentenced to four years and nine months in total.

DC David Bell, of Lancaster CID, said: “Moss committed a number of offences in a short period, all of which have caused distress to his victims.

“To target an 84-year-old victim going about her shopping is utterly disgraceful, and Moss should be ashamed of himself.”