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'Polite' mugger who failed to snatch bag from plucky victim is jailed
A POLITE mugger is behind bars for trying to snatch a handbag from a woman visiting the Stockton Riverside Festival.
The 62-year-old victim bravely clung onto her property when Frankie Williams tried to steal it, a court heard yesterday.
She was thrown to the ground and "propelled" the full width of the road as she battled back, said prosecutor David Crook.
Mr Crook told Teesside Crown Court that 21-year-old Williams fled after failing in his desperate daylight bid to get cash.
The plucky victim said her attacker was not aggressive, frantic or shouting, and described him as polite, said Mr Crook.
Police checked closed circuit television cameras from the area and identified Williams in a distinctive red hooded top.
When officers went to his home, he was bare-chested, sweating and agitated, and the hoody was hidden in a suitcase.
John Nixon, mitigating, said Williams needed money because he had been threatened by a man to whom his sister was in debt.
"It is a feature of this case that the complainant ironically refers to the fact that he was polite, not shouting," said Mr Nixon.
"He had pleaded with her to give him the bag rather than just force it from her, and he attempted to help her to her feet."
Williams, of Hartington Road, Stockton, was jailed for two years after he admitted attempted robbery on August 4.
Judge Howard Crowson told him: "Whatever your motivation for it, you chose this rather than going to the police."