Trio locked up for targeting elderly

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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Three men from Blackpool have been jailed for a total of six years and four months for conning elderly victims out of thousands of pounds.

Shane Boswell, 30, of Whalley Lane, 26-year-old Gary Sheridan of Lytham Road and 31-year-old Charles Speirs of Sutherland Road, were convicted at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.

In March this year, a member of staff from the Halifax bank on Church Street, Blackpool, called police after noticing an elderly customer was visiting the bank and withdrawing large amounts of cash to pay for minor building work.

Blackpool South Neighbourhood policing team gathered information and arrested Boswell and Sheridan at one of the victim’s houses.

In court, Boswell admitted charges of fraud by false representation relating to the March offence and also a previous offence in 2011, where he, along with Speirs, defrauded a victim out of around £100,000 for minor building work. For both offences, he received a four year sentence.

Sheridan admitted fraud by false representation relating to the offence in March this year which defrauded the victim out of around £10,000.

He received a 12 month prison sentence. Speirs was convicted of fraud by false representation and was given a 16 month prison sentence.

Det Cons Kate Buckingham said: “We hope that the sentence given today helps the victims feel reassured and confident that these men have been brought to justice. I would like to thank the member of staff at the Halifax for being so vigilant.”

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