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Jailed: Fraudster who preyed on holidaymakers at Manchester Airport

A Wythenshawe conman who tried to persuade holidaymakers to part with their cash, claiming he needed it to visit a sick relative, has been jailed.

Gary Lyon, aged 50 of Shayfield Drive, defrauded people at Manchester Airport in November last year by asking for money so that he could visit an ill family member in hospital.

On the first occasion, he preyed on the kind nature of a business traveller by telling him his car had broken down and he needed money to buy fuel to get to his father-in-law in hospital who had suffered a heart attack.

Lyon promised to pay him back giving him his number to transfer the money but when the victim called later on, the conman never answered.

Around the same time the next day, a 69-year-old woman was picked up at the arrivals hall by her husband, who had recently been discharged from hospital for respiratory problems.

As they were carrying her suitcases to the car, Lyon approached, noticing that the husband was unwell, and offered to carry the bags. The woman politely refused and carried on walking to the car but Lyon grabbed the suitcases and took them to the boot of their car.

He then told the couple he wanted a favour from them and spun them a tail that he needed money to get to his father in hospital who had had a heart attack.

Lyon again promised he would pay the money back to them but when the woman refused to hand any cash over, he got aggressive and despite her efforts to alleviate the situation, he identified a nearby cash machine and marched her over to it.

Fearing for her safety, the woman withdrew some money and handed it to Lyon but as soon as she did this, he ran off saying it wasn’t enough and exclaimed he would get the rest from her husband who was waiting in the car.

She ran after him, concerned for her husband’s safety but Lyon had beaten her to it and was forcing her husband to give him money as she caught up with him.

Startled at how quickly the woman got to the car, he ran off from the scene.

Lyon, who had previous convictions for similar offences, was jailed for one year and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

Detective Constable Alex Wild, of GMP’s Airport CID, said: “Lyon preyed on the good nature of innocent people and took advantage of them, faking family illnesses, which no-one would wish on their loved ones.

“It seems he was oblivious to the effect his offending was having on people but today I’m sure it’s explicitly clear to him that he is now where he is because of his own sickening actions.”


Man who tried to drive stolen car down wrong side of M-way is jailed

Drew McWilliamsA Wythenshawe man who tried to drive down the wrong side of the motorway in a stolen BMW and smashed into a police car has been jailed for three years. 

Drew McWilliam (25) of Cotefield Road, Wythenshawe was sentenced yesterday, Monday 25 September 2017, was jailed for three years for handling stolen property and one year for dangerous driving, to be served concurrently.

Manchester Crown Court at Minshull Street was shown footage of him running from a stolen car. He was found guilty following a three-day trial.

On 29 October 2016, McWilliam was spotted driving a stolen BMW from a home in Timperley and changed its plates in Wythenshawe, before driving onto the M6. Read More…

Mugger who who robbed 95-year-old Wythenshawe woman in “cowardly attack” is jailed

HarveyA mugger, who sparked outrage after robbing a  95-year-old woman in Wythenshawe, has been jailed.

Cassandra Harvey, aged 42, of Hopton Avenue, Wythenshawe was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery at Manchester Crown Court.

Harvey mugged the 95-year-old woman after approaching her victim as she was waiting at a bus stop near to the civic centre on the afternoon of Friday 17 April.

Harvey asked her for some change for the bus and when the bus arrived, they both boarded. When the victim got off at Lownorth Road, Harvey followed her and asked for more money. The elderly lady took her purse out of her bag before she grabbed it, causing the victim to fall to the ground. Read More…

Drug runner jailed after £100,000 worth of cocaine bound for Wythenshawe is intercepted by police

PROMISEEZEHA Manchester man who accepted a parcel delivered to a Wythenshawe address from South American drugs cartel he believed was full of cocaine worth £100,000 has been jailed. 

The parcel had been intercepted by Customs and Excise in South America and the drugs replaced with sugar before it was delivered to Promise Ezeh  at Warmley Road in Wythenshawe.

Ezeh, 38, of Harley Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for nine years at Minshull Street Crown Court.  Read More…

Wythenshawe man aged 88 jailed for child sex abuse

guilty - jarvisAn 88-year-old Wythenshawe man will today begin a 20 year prison sentence after he was convicted of historic child sexual abuse. 

John Jarvisof Woodham Road, Wythenshawe, was found guilty after an eight day trial of three indecent assaults, two rapes and three offences of buggery.

Jarvis’ catalogue of sex abuse came to light in December 2012 Jarvis reported an assault to the police by a man who is now in his 30s.  Read More…

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