Women targeted vulnerable men

Jailed: Rebecca Reeves and, below, Tracey Halliday
Jailed: Rebecca Reeves and, below, Tracey Halliday
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A woman has been jailed for 44 months and her friend for four months after targeting vulnerable men and stealing from them.

Rebecca Reeves, 34, has also been handed a five year criminal ASBO banning her from offering services and sexual favours for money and entering sheltered or supported housing.

Tracey Halliday

Tracey Halliday

Reeves, of Liptrott Street, Chorley, pleaded guilty to burglary after breaking into a house belonging to a 57-year-old man who was in poor health.

Preston Crown Court heard the property had grab rails by the front door and it would be apparent the occupier was disabled.

The man often left the door unlocked to allow his carers to come into the house but in June last year the man said he heard a noise and propelled himself in his wheelchair to investigate. He found the front door open and 50 cigarettes and a quantity of cash missing from his bedroom. Reeves was seen leaving the property and was later spotted at a nearby shop.

While on bail, Reeves and Tracey Halliday, 40, visited the home of a 74-year-old man they went to see regularly.

The court heard they were in the habit of calling and trying to get money from him by offering services such as shopping, household chores and sexual favours.

But after they had left the house the court heard money had been taken.

Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said: “There is no way of qualifying the amount of money that was taken but the fact is that the two of you took advantage of an elderly man by distracting him.”

Both women pleaded guilty to theft. The court heard the women had led troubled lives and both had issues with drink and drug addiction.

Judge Altham jailed Halliday for four months and Reeves 44 months making her the subject of a CRASBO banning her from offering to provide services for anyone outside her household unless it is in the course of legitimate employment or entering supported accommodation.

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