Guilty plea after robbery from “vulnerable man” in Blackburn

A MAN, who targeted a vulnerable gentleman with learning difficulties, has pleaded guilty at court.

Mark Jones, 45, of Heath Street, Salford, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Friday 22 July) where he pleaded guilty to robbery and theft.

Jones admitted targeting a 63-year-old man at Morrisons in Blackburn on 23 October. He led the man from the supermarket in the town centre to the Soho Foundry car park in Eanam where he pushed him against a wall and stole money from his wallet. Jones had previously conned his way into the man’s house in October and tricked him into handing over £190.

He was arrested after a member of the public recognised him in a CCTV image released by the police.

Officer in the case DC Gary Keogh from Blackburn CID said: “Jones is a cowardly and callous individual.

“He deliberately targeted and preyed on a vulnerable man who has been left with traumatised by what happened.

“We treat incidents such as this very seriously and will do everything within our power to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”

Jones will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on 19 August.

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