Manny Barney jailed for five years after carrying out series of distraction burglaries

Jailed: “despicable” distraction burglar who preyed on the elderly

Jailed: “despicable” distraction burglar who preyed on the elderly

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A MAN who carried out a series of “despicable” distraction burglaries has been jailed for five years.

Manny Barney stole from elderly people in Verwood, Christchurch and Hampshire in the spring of last year on three separate occasions.

In the first incident, which took place in Footners Lane, Christchurch on May 31 2013, Barney asked a woman in her nineties if he could see her garden.

During the incident, the 30-year-old, who is from Alderholt, was able to take her wallet and purse, which contained money and cards.

Just weeks later, on June 25 in the Edmondsham Road area, Verwood, the defendant managed to gain entry to a property by asking the victim, a man in his eighties, to see an item which may be for sale. He was then able to distract the victim and steal money.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Powley, pictured, of Dorset CID, said: “These were despicable offences whereby Barney targeted some of our most vulnerable members of our community.

Dorset Police takes offences like these very seriously. Anyone convicted of preying on the elderly in this way will be dealt with robustly by the courts.

“Victims of distraction burglaries or bogus callers are often elderly and live by themselves. I would like to remind residents to stay vigilant and urge people to make sure that their elderly relatives or neighbours are aware of this type of crime.”

Barney was convicted and sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court.

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9:53am Thu 29 May 14

elite50 says...

I hope some of his fellow inmates have grandparents!
I hope some of his fellow inmates have grandparents! elite50
  • Score: 21

10:03am Thu 29 May 14

smhinto says...

Yet another low echelon, thick looking dysfunctional lunatic who should be publicly 'filleted' and or gassed.
Yet another low echelon, thick looking dysfunctional lunatic who should be publicly 'filleted' and or gassed. smhinto
  • Score: 18

10:18am Thu 29 May 14

saynomore says...

The Barney family should be sterilized to prevent more scum making an appearance into this world, none of them are any use to society.
The Barney family should be sterilized to prevent more scum making an appearance into this world, none of them are any use to society. saynomore
  • Score: 43

10:24am Thu 29 May 14

bosco1 says...

Hope he does the full 5years inside.No doubt he will have to answer to other inmates ?!!!! Hope the poor victims have had there money back.
Hope he does the full 5years inside.No doubt he will have to answer to other inmates ?!!!! Hope the poor victims have had there money back. bosco1
  • Score: 13

11:28am Thu 29 May 14

MMM444 says...

Total scumbag, not fit to breathe fresh air, another inbred miss-fit that needs deviding into four
Total scumbag, not fit to breathe fresh air, another inbred miss-fit that needs deviding into four MMM444
  • Score: 15

11:51am Thu 29 May 14

gurfy says...

Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines?
Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"?
Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines? Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"? gurfy
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Thu 29 May 14

contric says...

surname was no surprise the whole lot of them are the dregs of society
surname was no surprise the whole lot of them are the dregs of society contric
  • Score: 17

2:16pm Thu 29 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

gurfy wrote:
Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines?
Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"?
They are in quote marks because the word was taken from a statement: (i.e: Not the words or opinions of The Echo)

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Powley, pictured, of Dorset CID, said: “These were despicable offences whereby Barney targeted some of our most vulnerable members of our community.
[quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines? Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"?[/p][/quote]They are in quote marks because the word was taken from a statement: (i.e: Not the words or opinions of The Echo) Detective Chief Inspector Paul Powley, pictured, of Dorset CID, said: “These were despicable offences whereby Barney targeted some of our most vulnerable members of our community. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 3

7:04pm Thu 29 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Let us all with elderly family hope that the prison officers get "distracted" while he drops the soap in the shower block for at least 20 mins.See how it feels to be vunarable and Shafted!! He deserves every inch of it!!!
Let us all with elderly family hope that the prison officers get "distracted" while he drops the soap in the shower block for at least 20 mins.See how it feels to be vunarable and Shafted!! He deserves every inch of it!!! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Thu 29 May 14

kinsonjim says...

Well said saynomore. Endorse your sentiments 100%. While at it shove in the Arnolds from one double six one as well.
Well said saynomore. Endorse your sentiments 100%. While at it shove in the Arnolds from one double six one as well. kinsonjim
  • Score: -1

8:50pm Thu 29 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

bosco1 wrote:
Hope he does the full 5years inside.No doubt he will have to answer to other inmates ?!!!! Hope the poor victims have had there money back.
Doubt it. The victims will probably never see a penny from him.
.
I understand prisoners have jobs inside which they get paid for. I don't understand why this isn't paid to the victims as some token of compensation.
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: Hope he does the full 5years inside.No doubt he will have to answer to other inmates ?!!!! Hope the poor victims have had there money back.[/p][/quote]Doubt it. The victims will probably never see a penny from him. . I understand prisoners have jobs inside which they get paid for. I don't understand why this isn't paid to the victims as some token of compensation. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Thu 29 May 14

kinsonjim says...

Well said saynomore. While at it shovel in the Arnolds from one double six one as well.
Well said saynomore. While at it shovel in the Arnolds from one double six one as well. kinsonjim
  • Score: 0

10:43am Fri 30 May 14

Stirling151 says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
gurfy wrote:
Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines?
Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"?
They are in quote marks because the word was taken from a statement: (i.e: Not the words or opinions of The Echo)

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Powley, pictured, of Dorset CID, said: “These were despicable offences whereby Barney targeted some of our most vulnerable members of our community.
So the Echo is disassociating itself from the adjective ? Since when has a provincial rag ever shied away from presenting opinions masquerading as unbiased reporting ? Every local paper in the world is staffed by people, from cub reporters to the editor who dreams of getting a job on a national, any national. Unbiased reporting is a laughable phrase in their newsrooms. The word despicable presented as a quote is a cowardly cop out.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Why is the word despicable in quotes in the headlines? Is there any type of burglary that is not considered "despicable"?[/p][/quote]They are in quote marks because the word was taken from a statement: (i.e: Not the words or opinions of The Echo) Detective Chief Inspector Paul Powley, pictured, of Dorset CID, said: “These were despicable offences whereby Barney targeted some of our most vulnerable members of our community.[/p][/quote]So the Echo is disassociating itself from the adjective ? Since when has a provincial rag ever shied away from presenting opinions masquerading as unbiased reporting ? Every local paper in the world is staffed by people, from cub reporters to the editor who dreams of getting a job on a national, any national. Unbiased reporting is a laughable phrase in their newsrooms. The word despicable presented as a quote is a cowardly cop out. Stirling151
  • Score: -1

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