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Coward jailed for robbing blind woman in crime caught on camera

Coventry: CCTV shows man robbing blind woman in March

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Steven Ball has been sentenced to three years for the robbery which took place in March earlier this year. He followed the woman, who uses a white stick to walk, for a considerable distance before he pounced on White Street, close to Coventry city centre. West Midlands Police have released a CCTV recording of the incident following the sentencing.

In the video clip released by police, Mr Ball can be seen pacing behind the woman for some time before the robbery takes place.

Undeterred by the presence of other pedestrians nearby, Mr Ball pushed the woman and grabbed her coat to rifle through her pockets.

Moments later, he is pictured fleeing the scene, making off with just £25 in cash.

The incident happened in broad daylight as cars passed and other members of the public walked nearby.

West Midlands Police reported two witnesses recognised Mr Ball and were able to support the police investigation.

A statement from the force read: “Fortunately two passers-by recognised 42-year-old Ball and he was arrested from his home address in Adelaide Street later that day. 

“Although he denied the offence, Ball was also picked out in an ID parade by two witnesses.

“Faced with the evidence, Ball pleaded guilty on 25 October and was sentenced two days later to three years in prison.”

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Investigating officer PC James Rees said: “This was an absolutely callous and cowardly act which has hugely affected the victim. 

“It has completely dented her confidence, leaving her struggling to sleep.

“She is far more cautious about going outside on her own and has to rely on others around her. 

“I hope she is comforted to know her assailant is behind bars.”

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