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Pensioners fight off drugs burglar with mop

Swindon Advertiser: Two pensioners used a mop to restrain a burglar Two pensioners used a mop to restrain a burglar

A PENSIONER tackled a burglar with a mop and stood guard over him until the police arrived after the drug addict had tried to steal his prescription medication.

On November 28, Giles Rees walked into the home of 65-year-old Leslie Pupko while he and wife Linda, 66, were asleep in front of the television.

A dog raised the alarm while Rees stuffed his pockets with boxes of pills, having spotted them on the windowsill.

The couple say they feel sorry for Rees, who is addicted to prescription drugs, after realising he was the father of two young girls.

“When I saw what a state he was in, it seemed a very sad case,” said Linda. “His wallet fell open and we saw pictures of two girls. I said to him if it was down to me I would have let him off for the sake of his children. It was that which upset me. But he wasn’t getting out of there. We are no pushovers.”

Leslie restrained Rees and locked him in the kitchen while Linda called the police.

“He was out of his tree, and did not know what he was doing,” said Leslie. “He made for the door and I grabbed him.

“All he wanted to do was get out of the door, but I managed to trap his sleeve. He wasn’t aggressive, but he pulled his arm out. He was unsteady on his feet, and I grabbed the mop and went round to cut him off. I threatened him with the mop, which broke and cut his finger.”

Linda tended to Rees’ injuries and said she had been torn as to whether to call the police.

“I was talking to him nicely to keep him calm because I didn’t want any confrontation,” she said. “The police did say we had done him a favour. He is sorry and it has put him in the right direction.

“I think people like him should be highlighted, as well as people like us who leave things lying around. But I am determined he is not going to frighten me. If we lock ourselves in that means he has won.”

Leslie added: “If he was in a fit state he probably would have hit me and run, but he was drugged up.”

Rees, 30 of Northern Road, pleaded guilty to burglary of the house on Ferndale Road at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday.

Rob Ross, defending, said although his client had no previous convictions, he had problems with prescription drugs for some time.

Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said: “The circumstances are indeed very unusual.”

He imposed a six month jail term suspended for a year and put Rees on a six-month drug rehabilitation. requirement and an eight-week night-time curfew.

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7:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this:


The couple say they feel sorry for Rees


Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal.

But he chooses not to do that.

Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case.

Quelle surprise.
I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this: [quote] The couple say they feel sorry for Rees [/quote] Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal. But he chooses not to do that. Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case. Quelle surprise. ChannelX
  • Score: 15

1:49pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Spot the connection!

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Spot the connection! is.gd/HSbsSz ChannelX
  • Score: 2

3:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

swindondad says...

I used to have zero sympathy for drug addicts but having seen the way some GP’s dish out prescriptions it is no longer a surprise to me when some of those without a strong support network develop problems with prescription medications.

After a back injury I was prescribed Parergan to allow me to get back to work whilst waiting for the Physio.
Repeat prescriptions were never a problem and even when it was due for review it seemed as if the prescription was written out before I could even take my seat. After six months on this drug (also known as Pethidine) I had to push to be weaned off.
It is easy to just sit back and think “it’s only over the counter meds” or “it’s what the doctor told me to have” and not worry about the side effects of legal drugs. I for one now double check everything I am told by the GP / Pharmacist.
I used to have zero sympathy for drug addicts but having seen the way some GP’s dish out prescriptions it is no longer a surprise to me when some of those without a strong support network develop problems with prescription medications. After a back injury I was prescribed Parergan to allow me to get back to work whilst waiting for the Physio. Repeat prescriptions were never a problem and even when it was due for review it seemed as if the prescription was written out before I could even take my seat. After six months on this drug (also known as Pethidine) I had to push to be weaned off. It is easy to just sit back and think “it’s only over the counter meds” or “it’s what the doctor told me to have” and not worry about the side effects of legal drugs. I for one now double check everything I am told by the GP / Pharmacist. swindondad
  • Score: 6

4:03pm Thu 16 Jan 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
Spot the connection!

is.gd/HSbsSz
Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Spot the connection! is.gd/HSbsSz[/p][/quote]Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him. benzss
  • Score: 0

4:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

benzss wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Spot the connection!

is.gd/HSbsSz
Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him.
Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything.

And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Spot the connection! is.gd/HSbsSz[/p][/quote]Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him.[/p][/quote]Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything. And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

4:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
benzss wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Spot the connection!

is.gd/HSbsSz
Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him.
Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything.

And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.
Heroin addiction is no joke, and incarcerating addicts for self-destructive behaviour is hardly productive. If nothing else, it will only perpetuate it.

But you know my opinion on the wrong-headedness of drug laws in this country.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Spot the connection! is.gd/HSbsSz[/p][/quote]Except that guy (as far as we know) didn't actually harm anyone, and it appears as if he's moving on with his life - at the age of 19/20, he has quite a lot of it left so good luck to him. It seems sensible not to imprison him.[/p][/quote]Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything. And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.[/p][/quote]Heroin addiction is no joke, and incarcerating addicts for self-destructive behaviour is hardly productive. If nothing else, it will only perpetuate it. But you know my opinion on the wrong-headedness of drug laws in this country. benzss
  • Score: -1

5:11pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

RingerX says

Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change......

Agreed.
We must not make excuses for you

RingerX says
Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything.

And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.

Oh dear.
Are you behind on payments then?
Is that what you're basing your anger on ?
I'll lend you some money, but you must promise to clean your act up and take up a constructive hobby
RingerX says [quote] Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change......[/quote] Agreed. We must not make excuses for you RingerX says [quote]Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything. And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.[/quote] Oh dear. Are you behind on payments then? Is that what you're basing your anger on ? I'll lend you some money, but you must promise to clean your act up and take up a constructive hobby Empty Car Park
  • Score: -3

7:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

I'm surprised the pensioners weren't done for false imprisonment and GBH - that seems par for the course these days!
I'm surprised the pensioners weren't done for false imprisonment and GBH - that seems par for the course these days! Always Grumpy
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
RingerX says

Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change......

Agreed.
We must not make excuses for you

RingerX says
Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything.

And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.

Oh dear.
Are you behind on payments then?
Is that what you're basing your anger on ?
I'll lend you some money, but you must promise to clean your act up and take up a constructive hobby
That kind of utterly needless, completely childish person attack wholly sums you up.

It says FAR more about you than you've attempted to imply about me.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: RingerX says [quote] Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change......[/quote] Agreed. We must not make excuses for you RingerX says [quote]Yeah, selling heroin's fine. No problems with that at all. It's not even as if it's illegal or anything. And those who sell heroin are well known for their gentle, understanding and kindly approach to others - especially those who owe them money for the drugs.[/quote] Oh dear. Are you behind on payments then? Is that what you're basing your anger on ? I'll lend you some money, but you must promise to clean your act up and take up a constructive hobby[/p][/quote]That kind of utterly needless, completely childish person attack wholly sums you up. It says FAR more about you than you've attempted to imply about me. ChannelX
  • Score: 5

11:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

ChannelX wrote:
I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this:


The couple say they feel sorry for Rees


Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal.

But he chooses not to do that.

Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case.

Quelle surprise.
You weren't there, so YOU don't know anything about it, do you? You "admired these pensioners" until they disagreed with you! Classic!

I admire those pensioners because they showed compassion, I don't know why they did so, but neither do you. But I would guess that compassion is not a big thing with you! What happened to make you so bitter?

Please don't sit at home and read a few sentences in the Adver about a court cases and then think you know all about it.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this: [quote] The couple say they feel sorry for Rees [/quote] Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal. But he chooses not to do that. Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case. Quelle surprise.[/p][/quote]You weren't there, so YOU don't know anything about it, do you? You "admired these pensioners" until they disagreed with you! Classic! I admire those pensioners because they showed compassion, I don't know why they did so, but neither do you. But I would guess that compassion is not a big thing with you! What happened to make you so bitter? Please don't sit at home and read a few sentences in the Adver about a court cases and then think you know all about it. Phantom Poster
  • Score: 3

9:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this:


The couple say they feel sorry for Rees


Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal.

But he chooses not to do that.

Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case.

Quelle surprise.
You weren't there, so YOU don't know anything about it, do you? You "admired these pensioners" until they disagreed with you! Classic!

I admire those pensioners because they showed compassion, I don't know why they did so, but neither do you. But I would guess that compassion is not a big thing with you! What happened to make you so bitter?

Please don't sit at home and read a few sentences in the Adver about a court cases and then think you know all about it.
The facts are clear to see, the defence lawyer put them forward and I'm sure you'd never imagine they would lie about anything.

Calm down, have another biscuit and try again. Although I'm really not sure what you're trying to prove - other than your own stupidity.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: I quite admired these pensioners... until I read this: [quote] The couple say they feel sorry for Rees [/quote] Until we stop making excuses for scum, nothing will change. If this piece of **** 'loved' his children, he'd make the effort to get clean and stop being criminal. But he chooses not to do that. Still, no matter, as expected the judge let the convicted criminal stroll free from court in any case. Quelle surprise.[/p][/quote]You weren't there, so YOU don't know anything about it, do you? You "admired these pensioners" until they disagreed with you! Classic! I admire those pensioners because they showed compassion, I don't know why they did so, but neither do you. But I would guess that compassion is not a big thing with you! What happened to make you so bitter? Please don't sit at home and read a few sentences in the Adver about a court cases and then think you know all about it.[/p][/quote]The facts are clear to see, the defence lawyer put them forward and I'm sure you'd never imagine they would lie about anything. Calm down, have another biscuit and try again. Although I'm really not sure what you're trying to prove - other than your own stupidity. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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