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Criminal who preyed on the elderly is jailed for six years

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George Brailsford deliberately targeted pensioners in Derby, demanding cash for work on their homes that he never carried out.

In one case, he visited an 87-year-old Littleover man on several occasions, claiming work needed carrying out on his house.

The victim challenged Brailsford but he told the victim that if he didn’t give him money, he would undo the work he had done and so the victim felt bullied into handing over cash. In reality, Brailsford had done nothing.

Brailsford, of Bateman Street, Derby pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonesty making false representation for gain and burgling a house in Oaklands Avenue, Littleover, in November, when he entered the home of a 90-year-old man and took cash.

He also admitted two counts of breaching a criminal behaviour order, which was imposed on him in 2018 and which forbade him from approaching anyone’s property demanding money.
The 35-year-old was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday 31 January.

Detective Sergeant Taj Nizzer said: “Brailsford is a career criminal and I’m pleased with the length of this sentence, which reflects how despicable his crimes are.

“He is a cold-hearted, callous man who targets the most frail and infirm within our communities. I hope this case serves to remind people that we all need to look out for elderly or vulnerable people and contact police if you have any suspicions that they are being targeted in this manner.”

Please be aware of cold callers or bogus traders. I suggest you always use the website called Trusted Trader 

https://apps.derbyshire.gov.uk/applications/trusted-trader/search-trades-az.asp

Thank you 
Jill 4521.
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Jill Bagley (Police, PCSO, Derby East)

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