A MAN from Tilehurst who followed a 93-year-old woman home, dragged her up the stairs and stole her cash has been jailed.

Kevin Hames, 36 of Lower Elmstone Drive, Tilehurst pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary on December 16 at Reading Crown Court.

On October 21, Hames followed his victim, a 93-year-old woman, and watched her withdraw money from a post office.

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He then let himself into her address, dragged her up the stairs and stole the cash.

The victim was hospitalised, but was discharged and made a full recovery.

On November 14 Hames followed the same victim home and entered the property whilst she was closing the door.

He punched her to the ground and stole cash.

On this occasion the victim sustained a back injury.

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Hames was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, yesterday (December 23).

Designated investigator Natasha Cummings based at Newbury police station, said: “Thames Valley Police are dedicated to protecting members of the public, including our most vulnerable.

“Crimes like this will be thoroughly investigated and taken through the court process.

“Twice, Hames targeted this vulnerable elderly woman and stole cash from her. This behaviour is absolutely not acceptable and I hope this sentence serves as a message that it will not be tolerated.”