Robber who shoved pensioner dodges court for FOURTH time

Lynnette Oakey who robbed frail Vera Heyes at a Preston health centre

Lynnette Oakey who robbed frail Vera Heyes at a Preston health centre

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Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a drug-addled robber who pushed a frail pensioner to the ground outside a health centre.

Lynnette Oakey, 34, who faces jail for the sickening robbery, failed to turn up at her sentencing at Preston Crown Court for a FOURTH time.

Veronica Heyes, known as Vera, after she was robbed by Lynette Oakey.

Veronica Heyes, known as Vera, after she was robbed by Lynette Oakey.

Officers are now asking for help to bring her to justice for the sake of her victim, 80-year-old Vera Heyes, who is increasingly distressed by the situation.

As the pensioner walked to her 10.45am blood test at Geoffrey Street Health Centre on September 4 last year, Oakey pounced on her and snatched her walking stick to make her lose her balance.

Moments earlier, Oakey, loitering at the gates, had pestered the pensioner for a cigarette twice even though the great-grandma, from Callon, Preston, told her she didn’t smoke.

Mrs Heyes, who hit her head, face and wrist as she fell, screamed for help as Oakey, of City Road, Wigan, yanked her handbag strap over her head and fled, leaving her on the floor.

Mrs Heyes, a retired steward at Fishwick Ramblers bowling club, needed a brain scan afterwards.

Det Insp Jane Webb of Preston CID, said: “This was a vicious attack on a vulnerable elderly lady which has had a devastating effect on her. Oakey has now evaded justice on a number of occasions we believe she is still in the Preston area.”

Oakey also has Wigan links. Call 101.