‘Vile and despicable’ burglar preyed on the vulnerable

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A ‘VILE and despicable’ distraction burglar who preyed on dozens of vulnerable elderly people across central and southern England is behind bars awaiting sentencing.

William Vinson, 59, of Chipping Norton, Oxon, pleaded guilty to 11 offences in Bucks, Northants, Oxon and Wilts.

And he indicated he will ask for a further 77 offences across eight different counties to be taken into consideration.

Vinson was told by recorder Andrew McCooey to expect a substantial prison sentence.

The judge said: “You are a vile, despicable person preying on these vulnerable victims. Goodness knows what untold damage you have done to these people.

“The only redeeming point is you have pleaded guilty, but let me be perfectly clear you are looking at a very substantial custodial sentence for your crimes.”

Vinson used various false stories to con his way into people’s homes and at times appeared plausible. Among many others, he was responsible for distraction burglaries in Buckingham, Padbury, Blisworth, Daventry, Hanslope and Milton Keynes.

Aylesbury Vale neighbourhood police Insp Emma Garside said: “This man targeted a number of our rural villages across Aylesbury Vale in his attempts to con the vulnerable. The community is safer with him behind bars. I hope his custodial sentence in January reflects the damage and harm he has caused.”

Det Insp Mark Johns, who co-ordinated the investigation, said: “The type of crime carried out by William Vinson is utterly contemptible and among the most upsetting for victims to come to terms with.

“Some of the victims have since died and others will never live independently again as a result of what he did to them.”

Vinson will be sentenced on January 13 at Oxford Crown Court.