Handbag snatcher, Jason Crossland, caught by off duty policeman in Intu Watford Shopping Centre given suspended sentence

Watford Observer: Handbag snatcher given suspended sentence Handbag snatcher given suspended sentence

Robber Jason Crossland was caught by an off duty policeman after his victim chased after him and shouted for help.

The officer responded to the cries of Mrs Hiral Desai who was making her way home from work in the Intu Shopping Centre in Watford when her handbag was snatched.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Scriven told St Albans Crown Court that when Crossland, 31, from Enfield, tried to pull the bag from Mrs Desai she at first resisted, but when she saw he was much bigger than her she decided to let it go.

Crossland pleaded guilty to robbery on December 1, 2013. He had 14 previous convictions for 26 offences.

Judge Marie Catterson said the robbery was aggravated by the fact it was at night and committed against a lone female, who was vulnerable.

She passed a 10 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months. Crossland will be supervised by a probation officer for 12 months, must attend a Thinking Skills' Programme and carry out 200 hours' unpaid work.

The judge also banned him from entering the Borough of Watford for the next 12 months.

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9:50am Wed 29 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Haha.... - was the Judge his mum!? jeeze!
Haha.... - was the Judge his mum!? jeeze! G_Whiz
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10:45am Wed 29 Jan 14

Anyvacancies says...

Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long.
Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long. Anyvacancies
  • Score: 5

11:10am Wed 29 Jan 14

oxheypaul says...

And what on earth is a Thinking Skills Programme?
And what on earth is a Thinking Skills Programme? oxheypaul
  • Score: 7

11:37am Wed 29 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Anyvacancies wrote:
Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long.
The time for leniency is surely gone.
[quote][p][bold]Anyvacancies[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long.[/p][/quote]The time for leniency is surely gone. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Oxhey Kev says...

14 previous convictions for 26 offences and robbery was aggravated . Gets a 10 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months. Absolute Joke.
14 previous convictions for 26 offences and robbery was aggravated . Gets a 10 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months. Absolute Joke. Oxhey Kev
  • Score: 3

8:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Popeonarope says...

What do you have to do to for a custodial sentence now days? I know the prisons are full but if you are having to release people like this back into society then build more prisons.
Perhaps the general election will see a few more promises on this by politicians who dont give a **** as long as its not them personally who are victims of crime.
What do you have to do to for a custodial sentence now days? I know the prisons are full but if you are having to release people like this back into society then build more prisons. Perhaps the general election will see a few more promises on this by politicians who dont give a **** as long as its not them personally who are victims of crime. Popeonarope
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Popeonarope says...

Really? D@mn is censored? Wow.
Really? D@mn is censored? Wow. Popeonarope
  • Score: 0

2:32pm Thu 30 Jan 14

garston tony says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
Anyvacancies wrote: Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long.
The time for leniency is surely gone.
I have to agree with both of these comments.

I can see the reasoning behind possibly giving a first offender a break, but once someone shows clearly they have no intention of changing their spots lock them up
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anyvacancies[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable sentence, 14 previous convictions for 26 offences and still he gets off, Jason Crossland remember the name he will be back in your local paper before long.[/p][/quote]The time for leniency is surely gone.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with both of these comments. I can see the reasoning behind possibly giving a first offender a break, but once someone shows clearly they have no intention of changing their spots lock them up garston tony
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