31 Oct 2016 16:49 PM[View Full Size]
A man who dragged a 60-year-old woman to the ground when he robbed her has been jailed.
34-year-old Lee Stephenson of Carley Road in Sunderland was convicted of robbery at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, October 19, and was sentenced to 7 years.
He was arrested by Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team in April after he robbed a 60-year-old woman in Oaklands Crescent in Marley Pots. The woman, who had just been to the cashpoint, was walking along the back lane when Stephenson grabbed her by the neck and dragged her to the ground. He then took money from her pocket.
The woman was injured as a result fo the robbery and was left badly shaken.
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Don Wade said: "Stephenson is clearly a violent individual and I'm pleased he is now behind bars. This sentence demonstrates an excellent example of the neighbourhood policing team working closely with colleagues in 24/7 response and CID to ensure a violent offender is jailed.
"Neighbourhood officers deal with a wide range of issues on a daily basis from tackling motorbike disorder and local concerns to protecting victims and arresting violent criminals."