Violent robber jailed

Prescot robber James Lewis
Prescot robber James Lewis

A Prescot man who carried out a violent robbery on a 72-year-old man has been jailed.

James Lewis, 27, of Thomas Drive, and James Condliff, 23, of Jeffreys Crescent, Huyton, were sentenced to three years and 18 months respectively after both pleading guilty to robbery before Liverpool Crown Court.

The court heard how the victim was followed into the underpass at Roby railway station after withdrawing cash from a bank in Huyton town centre.

He was first approached by Lewis, who hit him in the face and dragged him downstairs.

Lewis, who was joined by Condliff, then reached into the victim’s jacket and stole an envelope containing £2,050, which the victim had withdrawn from his savings to pay a contractor.

Following the robbery, British Transport Police launched an investigation and CCTV footage enabled officers to identify the culprits.

DC Jeff Preston, who led the investigation, said: “This was a particularly nasty attack on an elderly gentleman, who had been watched withdrawing his cash from the bank and was then followed quite a distance before the pair struck. The victim was left shaken and distressed and suffered a swollen lip and bruising in the attack.

“This robbery was violent, unprovoked and cowardly. Lewis attacked and robbed an elderly man going about his business, hitting him in the face and knocking him down the subway stairs before stealing his cash and running away.”

DC Preston added: “Thankfully, violent crime on the railway is rare. It is completely unacceptable and will always be fully investigated by police.

“This sends a clear message to other criminals that we will always investigate such offences and will not hesitate to put them before the courts.”