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Jailed: Norwich robber who targeted elderly women

Justin Campling Credit: Norfolk Police.

A robber who targeted lone, elderly women in a string of attacks in Norwich has been jailed for 10 years.

Justin Campling, 40, from Bullace Road in Norwich, admitted seven counts of robbery.

Norwich Crown Court heard his attacks left some elderly women injured.

One incident, which was captured on CCTV, showed him cycling past a woman in her 70s, snatching her bag and knocking her to the floor.

The court also heard the devastating impact the robberies had had on his victims. One said it had 'taken away her independence'.

Campling was sentenced to 10 years and will serve a minimum of six and a half before being considered for parole.

The series of attacks took place in Belvoir Street, Ampthill Street, Distillery Square, Margaret Paston Avenue, Adelaide Street, Grove Walk, Angel Road, Brightys Opening and Beloe Avenue between October 30 and November 16 2017.

"Campling is a dangerous offender who specifically targeted lone vulnerable females in broad daylight and in very public areas of the city.

"As a result, the victims not only suffered physical injuries, when they were knocked to the ground, the majority of them have also been affected psychologically.

"In one lady’s victim impact statement, she says how the robbery has taken away her independence and she now has to go to the shops with a friend as she’s too frightened to go by herself. Another has said how the attack has had an everlasting effect on her both mentally and physically and she’ll remember it for the rest of her life."

– Det Insp Chris Burgess, Norfolk Police