Shoppers urged to be vigilant with sneak thieves operating in Darlington

WOULD-BE THIEVES: Police are keen to trace this couple in connection with two attempted distraction thefts in Darlington

WOULD-BE THIEVES: Police are keen to trace this couple in connection with two attempted distraction thefts in Darlington

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POLICE have urged shoppers to be vigilant after a spate of attempted distraction thefts.

Officers have released CCTV images of a couple they are keen to question after an elderly man was targeted.

The 78-year-old was approached by a man and a woman in Marks and Spencer, in High Northgate, on Tuesday (February 18) morning.

Detective Constable Neil Stannard, who is investigating the incident, said: “It would appear that they have followed him from the HSBC bank and into the store towards the public toilets next to the café.

“They have waited for him to leave the disabled cubicle and when he has done, so the male seen in the pictures has blown in his ear to distract him and tried to engage him in conversation.

“At this point, the female accomplice has managed to unzip the victim’s satchel, which he was holding in his hand, while he was being distracted by the male.

“The female has then managed to remove the victim’s wallet from his bag, however, the victim has seen the female trying to steal his property and has challenged her.

“This caused her to drop the wallet and the male and female made off from the communal area of the toilet and out of the store.”

Det Con Stannard said the elderly man was left shaken by the incident, although nothing was stolen.

He added: “The victim describes the couple as being of a foreign appearance with olive skin, possibly Eastern European. The male spoke with a foreign accent.

“Thankfully nothing was stolen in this case and the victim was not injured, although he was shaken by the incident.”

Both were dressing in dark clothing and the man wore a dark flat cap.

The woman, who was considerably shorter than her accomplice, wore a white scarf.

A similar incident happened later that day in Cockerton, when a woman was approached by two people matching the description of the pair in the Marks and Spencer incident.

The would-be victim shouted for help and again the pair fled empty-handed.

Det Con Stannard urged shoppers to keep their wits about them, keep valuables zipped out of sight, not to carry large quantities of cash and not to keep a note of PIN numbers in wallets and purses.

Anyone who recognises the couple in the CCTV images is asked to call Det Con Stannard, of Darlington’s serious crime team, on 01325-742763, quoting crime reference number DJ1401026.

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6:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

English lad says...

We let them into our country, give them shelter, food, welfare, healthcare, and income support and they STILL prefer to rob our elderly!
We let them into our country, give them shelter, food, welfare, healthcare, and income support and they STILL prefer to rob our elderly! English lad
  • Score: 84

7:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Give them the door after breaking rocks for a year or two scum bags?
Give them the door after breaking rocks for a year or two scum bags? oliviaden6
  • Score: 53

8:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

Give them the door...... OR A NOOSE!
Give them the door...... OR A NOOSE! Mike2012
  • Score: 31

8:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

behonest says...

Eastern Europeans carrying out despicable crimes against our elderly...surely not.

Of course, UKIP warned us incidents like this would increase, but Labour and the Lib Dums told us UKIP were just being 'racist'! Seems UKIP were just telling the truth again.
Eastern Europeans carrying out despicable crimes against our elderly...surely not. Of course, UKIP warned us incidents like this would increase, but Labour and the Lib Dums told us UKIP were just being 'racist'! Seems UKIP were just telling the truth again. behonest
  • Score: 64

9:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

Well. not too sure about UKIP, "wolf in sheeps clothing" spring to mind! But they ARE right on the EU. As long as Labour don't win the next election, we'll get the EU in/out ref.... Otherwise it'll be the floodgates open once again!
Well. not too sure about UKIP, "wolf in sheeps clothing" spring to mind! But they ARE right on the EU. As long as Labour don't win the next election, we'll get the EU in/out ref.... Otherwise it'll be the floodgates open once again! Mike2012
  • Score: 30

10:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Watching the world go by says...

Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill.
Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill. Watching the world go by
  • Score: 50

10:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mistake says...

Watching the world go by wrote:
Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill.
I'd say by now we've reached the bottom and started digging!
[quote][p][bold]Watching the world go by[/bold] wrote: Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill.[/p][/quote]I'd say by now we've reached the bottom and started digging! Mistake
  • Score: 17

11:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Pennywise123 says...

Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs.

Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.
Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs. Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent. Pennywise123
  • Score: -50

11:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

stevegg says...

And its only going to get worse with more police cuts on the way and an ineffective justice system - and these oxygen thieves know it.
And its only going to get worse with more police cuts on the way and an ineffective justice system - and these oxygen thieves know it. stevegg
  • Score: 19

11:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Pennywise123 says...

Pennywise123 wrote:
Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs.

Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.
Please excuse my typos I was trying to comment on my phone and this website is not very modernised with mobile use.
[quote][p][bold]Pennywise123[/bold] wrote: Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs. Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.[/p][/quote]Please excuse my typos I was trying to comment on my phone and this website is not very modernised with mobile use. Pennywise123
  • Score: -38

1:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

fratia says...

Do yourself a favour and check what they are doing in Italy, if you can read Italian go to Coriere Della Sera website, and you will see what the Gypsies are doing over there, if you are so intelligent Pennywise 123, you will not put down your fellow Darlington citizens
Do yourself a favour and check what they are doing in Italy, if you can read Italian go to Coriere Della Sera website, and you will see what the Gypsies are doing over there, if you are so intelligent Pennywise 123, you will not put down your fellow Darlington citizens fratia
  • Score: 26

4:29am Sat 22 Feb 14

BMD says...

Pennywise 123, There is an awful lot of Swiss voters whom want to stop European free movement and they dont read the "Sun"
Pennywise 123, There is an awful lot of Swiss voters whom want to stop European free movement and they dont read the "Sun" BMD
  • Score: 28

9:47am Sat 22 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

Pennywise123, do YOURSELF a favour and educate yourself of the GOOD it would do us to leave the EU, branding sceptics as "Sun readers" is ridiculous!
Pennywise123, do YOURSELF a favour and educate yourself of the GOOD it would do us to leave the EU, branding sceptics as "Sun readers" is ridiculous! Mike2012
  • Score: 21

11:41am Sat 22 Feb 14

studio says...

Pennywise123 wrote:
Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs.

Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.
Get off your high horse and back to your #Independant #Guardian *sarcasm*

See what i did there...

Everyone has a right to an opinion, including you and your fellow highly strung political newspaper readers.

P.S. i read the sun amongst other papers and consider myself in the higher bracket of intelligence.

I`ll apologise now for any spelling or grammar mistakes. I`m trying to work out my new modern phone *sarcasm*
[quote][p][bold]Pennywise123[/bold] wrote: Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs. Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.[/p][/quote]Get off your high horse and back to your #Independant #Guardian *sarcasm* See what i did there... Everyone has a right to an opinion, including you and your fellow highly strung political newspaper readers. P.S. i read the sun amongst other papers and consider myself in the higher bracket of intelligence. I`ll apologise now for any spelling or grammar mistakes. I`m trying to work out my new modern phone *sarcasm* studio
  • Score: 15

12:04pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Fossildog says...

Pennywise123 wrote:
Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs.

Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.
There is so much wrong with this post I can only assume Pennywise is taking the mick.

Firstly, since people here are commenting on the Northern Echo site it would be a safe assumption they were Northern Echo readers.

There is no inevitability that leaving 'the Europe' as you put it would have a negative effect on the UK. Norway for instance benefits by being part of the EFTA without being a fully fledged art of the EU. They have a strong economy, low unemployment and benefit from close ties to Europe without being controlled by the EU.

To claim that the 'vast majority of Darlington people' commit worse crimes every day' than these two scumbags is ridiculous. Are you actually saying that on a day to day basis the majority of people in Darlington commit worse crimes than attempting to mug a frail 75 year old man?

Lastly, to claim everyone in Darlington is a 'tax evaders as benefit hounds' as you (badly) put it is very insulting to the people of Darlington.

I think you will find people of your ilk, who read the Guardian, are a dying breed. The Guardian readership is rapidly shrinking as people are beginning to realise that the policies they support such as mass immigration only benefit business owners and politicians (cheap labour and voters). Mass immigration, including that from Europe, has been a disaster for the average working class man on the street, driving down their wages and making them compete with people who are happy to live i n conditions most of us would baulk at.
[quote][p][bold]Pennywise123[/bold] wrote: Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs. Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.[/p][/quote]There is so much wrong with this post I can only assume Pennywise is taking the mick. Firstly, since people here are commenting on the Northern Echo site it would be a safe assumption they were Northern Echo readers. There is no inevitability that leaving 'the Europe' as you put it would have a negative effect on the UK. Norway for instance benefits by being part of the EFTA without being a fully fledged art of the EU. They have a strong economy, low unemployment and benefit from close ties to Europe without being controlled by the EU. To claim that the 'vast majority of Darlington people' commit worse crimes every day' than these two scumbags is ridiculous. Are you actually saying that on a day to day basis the majority of people in Darlington commit worse crimes than attempting to mug a frail 75 year old man? Lastly, to claim everyone in Darlington is a 'tax evaders as benefit hounds' as you (badly) put it is very insulting to the people of Darlington. I think you will find people of your ilk, who read the Guardian, are a dying breed. The Guardian readership is rapidly shrinking as people are beginning to realise that the policies they support such as mass immigration only benefit business owners and politicians (cheap labour and voters). Mass immigration, including that from Europe, has been a disaster for the average working class man on the street, driving down their wages and making them compete with people who are happy to live i n conditions most of us would baulk at. Fossildog
  • Score: 29

4:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

DarloXman says...

Just the thin end of the wedge! I'm afraid there is more to come - more 'visitors', more demand on our welfare system and more crime!

There will also be more accusations of "bigot, racist, Sun reader" abuse hurled at those who suggest that this is unacceptable! I really do not understand people like Pennywise123!

If something is not done to change this then history suggests the consequences will become quite extreme.
Just the thin end of the wedge! I'm afraid there is more to come - more 'visitors', more demand on our welfare system and more crime! There will also be more accusations of "bigot, racist, Sun reader" abuse hurled at those who suggest that this is unacceptable! I really do not understand people like Pennywise123! If something is not done to change this then history suggests the consequences will become quite extreme. DarloXman
  • Score: 20

7:50pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

banmeandilljustregis
teragainwithanewuser
name
wrote:
Darlington - home of the Gypsy, the pole, the romanian and the chav.

Lovely place to live.
agreed! But you could replace the word "Darlington" with "The North"
[quote][p][bold]banmeandilljustregis teragainwithanewuser name[/bold] wrote: Darlington - home of the Gypsy, the pole, the romanian and the chav. Lovely place to live.[/p][/quote]agreed! But you could replace the word "Darlington" with "The North" Mike2012
  • Score: 11

10:45pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HSC says...

DarloXman wrote:
Just the thin end of the wedge! I'm afraid there is more to come - more 'visitors', more demand on our welfare system and more crime!

There will also be more accusations of "bigot, racist, Sun reader" abuse hurled at those who suggest that this is unacceptable! I really do not understand people like Pennywise123!

If something is not done to change this then history suggests the consequences will become quite extreme.
Ha. Actually history suggest we'll cope with this 'influx' of immigration just as well as we have with the 'waves' that have gone before for hundreds of years - and made our country stronger and able to compete on the world stage out of all proportion to our size.

The problem is not with migration- but small mindedness and blinkered xenophobia - that holds back parts of this country, especially the North.
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Just the thin end of the wedge! I'm afraid there is more to come - more 'visitors', more demand on our welfare system and more crime! There will also be more accusations of "bigot, racist, Sun reader" abuse hurled at those who suggest that this is unacceptable! I really do not understand people like Pennywise123! If something is not done to change this then history suggests the consequences will become quite extreme.[/p][/quote]Ha. Actually history suggest we'll cope with this 'influx' of immigration just as well as we have with the 'waves' that have gone before for hundreds of years - and made our country stronger and able to compete on the world stage out of all proportion to our size. The problem is not with migration- but small mindedness and blinkered xenophobia - that holds back parts of this country, especially the North. HSC
  • Score: -10

10:54pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HSC says...

After all, as unfortunate as this is for the victim...all it is, is an isolated instance of pick-pocketing - not the fall of Rome!
After all, as unfortunate as this is for the victim...all it is, is an isolated instance of pick-pocketing - not the fall of Rome! HSC
  • Score: -10

1:43pm Sun 23 Feb 14

pandorica says...

Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant.
Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant. pandorica
  • Score: 13

1:58pm Sun 23 Feb 14

behonest says...

HSC says...
"Ha. Actually history suggest we'll cope with this 'influx' of immigration just as well as we have with the 'waves' that have gone before for hundreds of years - and made our country stronger and able to compete on the world stage out of all proportion to our size.
The problem is not with migration- but small mindedness and blinkered xenophobia - that holds back parts of this country, especially the North."

Ha. Prior to recent years, we have not had immigration in 'waves', only in mere ripples. The last Labour lot dumped a net total of over two million new immigrants on this country, and we had no say. What we did have was an economic collapse and mass unemployment, particularly amongst our young. Bankers may have played their part, but the British people are not helped by open-door immigration, which drives down wages and employment opportunities for all.

Having a strict, well-managed and targeted immigration policy is not 'blinkered xenophobia', 'racist', 'bigoted', 'racially aggravated hate' or any other nonsense term that the leftie Labour loonies come up with. It's just common sense and is better for all the people of this country.

I hope we, just like other countries, have a policy of deporting these foreign criminals, if they are caught. I suspect not though, 'cos the Labour lot will cry 'racist' again. Recent mass immigration has weakened this country, not strengthened it, and it needs to be addressed.
HSC says... "Ha. Actually history suggest we'll cope with this 'influx' of immigration just as well as we have with the 'waves' that have gone before for hundreds of years - and made our country stronger and able to compete on the world stage out of all proportion to our size. The problem is not with migration- but small mindedness and blinkered xenophobia - that holds back parts of this country, especially the North." Ha. Prior to recent years, we have not had immigration in 'waves', only in mere ripples. The last Labour lot dumped a net total of over two million new immigrants on this country, and we had no say. What we did have was an economic collapse and mass unemployment, particularly amongst our young. Bankers may have played their part, but the British people are not helped by open-door immigration, which drives down wages and employment opportunities for all. Having a strict, well-managed and targeted immigration policy is not 'blinkered xenophobia', 'racist', 'bigoted', 'racially aggravated hate' or any other nonsense term that the leftie Labour loonies come up with. It's just common sense and is better for all the people of this country. I hope we, just like other countries, have a policy of deporting these foreign criminals, if they are caught. I suspect not though, 'cos the Labour lot will cry 'racist' again. Recent mass immigration has weakened this country, not strengthened it, and it needs to be addressed. behonest
  • Score: 10

5:48pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Border Terrier says...

Watching the world go by wrote:
Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill.
"Going" No defiantly "GONE"
[quote][p][bold]Watching the world go by[/bold] wrote: Pure scum. This town is rapidly going downhill.[/p][/quote]"Going" No defiantly "GONE" Border Terrier
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Border Terrier says...

Fossildog wrote:
Pennywise123 wrote:
Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs.

Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.
There is so much wrong with this post I can only assume Pennywise is taking the mick.

Firstly, since people here are commenting on the Northern Echo site it would be a safe assumption they were Northern Echo readers.

There is no inevitability that leaving 'the Europe' as you put it would have a negative effect on the UK. Norway for instance benefits by being part of the EFTA without being a fully fledged art of the EU. They have a strong economy, low unemployment and benefit from close ties to Europe without being controlled by the EU.

To claim that the 'vast majority of Darlington people' commit worse crimes every day' than these two scumbags is ridiculous. Are you actually saying that on a day to day basis the majority of people in Darlington commit worse crimes than attempting to mug a frail 75 year old man?

Lastly, to claim everyone in Darlington is a 'tax evaders as benefit hounds' as you (badly) put it is very insulting to the people of Darlington.

I think you will find people of your ilk, who read the Guardian, are a dying breed. The Guardian readership is rapidly shrinking as people are beginning to realise that the policies they support such as mass immigration only benefit business owners and politicians (cheap labour and voters). Mass immigration, including that from Europe, has been a disaster for the average working class man on the street, driving down their wages and making them compete with people who are happy to live i n conditions most of us would baulk at.
" unfortunately" Very True!
[quote][p][bold]Fossildog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pennywise123[/bold] wrote: Nice and heartwarming to see such intelligent individuals commenting on this post *sarcasm*. Sun readers no doubt! Like to point out a few things. 1. Leaving the Europe is not and will never be a good thing. This will in fact do inevitably do "our" country no good and I'm assuming by your level of intelligence, you no good either. 2. Their skin colour or nationality has nothig to do with the crime they have committed, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the wonderful of citizens of Darlington commit worse crimes every day, but they're white and born here so it's okay (obviously) *sarcasm*. 3. I for one would rather have a town filled to the brim with foreign people rather than half of what's in it now I.e. Tax evaders as benefit hounds. Be honest half those that have commented probably don't even pay for your own prescriptions let alone have jobs. Do yourselves a favour and once in while pick up the guardian or independent.[/p][/quote]There is so much wrong with this post I can only assume Pennywise is taking the mick. Firstly, since people here are commenting on the Northern Echo site it would be a safe assumption they were Northern Echo readers. There is no inevitability that leaving 'the Europe' as you put it would have a negative effect on the UK. Norway for instance benefits by being part of the EFTA without being a fully fledged art of the EU. They have a strong economy, low unemployment and benefit from close ties to Europe without being controlled by the EU. To claim that the 'vast majority of Darlington people' commit worse crimes every day' than these two scumbags is ridiculous. Are you actually saying that on a day to day basis the majority of people in Darlington commit worse crimes than attempting to mug a frail 75 year old man? Lastly, to claim everyone in Darlington is a 'tax evaders as benefit hounds' as you (badly) put it is very insulting to the people of Darlington. I think you will find people of your ilk, who read the Guardian, are a dying breed. The Guardian readership is rapidly shrinking as people are beginning to realise that the policies they support such as mass immigration only benefit business owners and politicians (cheap labour and voters). Mass immigration, including that from Europe, has been a disaster for the average working class man on the street, driving down their wages and making them compete with people who are happy to live i n conditions most of us would baulk at.[/p][/quote]" unfortunately" Very True! Border Terrier
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Border Terrier says...

The worst thing that ever happened was the fall of the "Iron Curtain"
The worst thing that ever happened was the fall of the "Iron Curtain" Border Terrier
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

I know many Eastern Europeans who are intelligent, honest and hard working. I know lots of British people who are scum and vice versa.

British people travel the world in search of a better life. Many Eastern Europeans are after a better life. That's why most are in England.

Whether they should be allowed to be here and whether they are needed and what pressures they place on the infrastructure is something politicians need to address.

These scum who prey on the old need dealing with whatever their nationality. This sort of crime will always happen. It is the politicians, police and courts who need to do better. The vast majority of Eastern Europeans are simply looking for a better life and as things stand they are allowed to be here.

We need to make sure the offender suffers not the victim.
I know many Eastern Europeans who are intelligent, honest and hard working. I know lots of British people who are scum and vice versa. British people travel the world in search of a better life. Many Eastern Europeans are after a better life. That's why most are in England. Whether they should be allowed to be here and whether they are needed and what pressures they place on the infrastructure is something politicians need to address. These scum who prey on the old need dealing with whatever their nationality. This sort of crime will always happen. It is the politicians, police and courts who need to do better. The vast majority of Eastern Europeans are simply looking for a better life and as things stand they are allowed to be here. We need to make sure the offender suffers not the victim. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

MartinMo says...

pandorica wrote:
Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant.
Tell me where you saw them, I will go Dexter on them as I am more than happy to fill in for the failing justice system.

There is no good reason or tear jerking citcumstances to justify crimes of this or any nature, the law needs to start coming down hard on crims and make severe examples of those willing to victimise the elderly.
[quote][p][bold]pandorica[/bold] wrote: Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Tell me where you saw them, I will go Dexter on them as I am more than happy to fill in for the failing justice system. There is no good reason or tear jerking citcumstances to justify crimes of this or any nature, the law needs to start coming down hard on crims and make severe examples of those willing to victimise the elderly. MartinMo
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

MartinMo wrote:
pandorica wrote:
Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant.
Tell me where you saw them, I will go Dexter on them as I am more than happy to fill in for the failing justice system.

There is no good reason or tear jerking citcumstances to justify crimes of this or any nature, the law needs to start coming down hard on crims and make severe examples of those willing to victimise the elderly.
This is the problem. The police are crap. The justice system too soft. People get frustrated and sort things out themselves. Someone shouts racism and one section of society is pitched against another.

Why are CCTV pictures so poor?
[quote][p][bold]MartinMo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pandorica[/bold] wrote: Leaving politics out of it, they robbed an old man and lady elsewhere. I do not care if they are from Poland, Romania, Darlington or Mars, the facts is they are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly just like everyone else. My family and my parents live in Cockerton, and I am sure I saw these two criminals last week as I remember looking at his cap. I will indeed inform the police. Just think this could of been a relative off yours, what ever political stance or paper you read is irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Tell me where you saw them, I will go Dexter on them as I am more than happy to fill in for the failing justice system. There is no good reason or tear jerking citcumstances to justify crimes of this or any nature, the law needs to start coming down hard on crims and make severe examples of those willing to victimise the elderly.[/p][/quote]This is the problem. The police are crap. The justice system too soft. People get frustrated and sort things out themselves. Someone shouts racism and one section of society is pitched against another. Why are CCTV pictures so poor? Homshaw1
  • Score: 5

12:57am Tue 25 Feb 14

Pennywise123 says...

Yawn...sorry I was busy working for a living. I think you failed to see the main point of my comment - what gives people the self-righteous, hollier-than-thou perspective that they have any more right than another to live in any country just because they were born there? I'm sorry if I've insulted anyone but I think if you read the comments before a lot were very insulting to anyone who is not white British. I am not from Darlington, I'm probably what you would refer to as a Southerner. I do not condone for an instant what these two individuals have done, but I think their nationality and skin colour is irrelevant (other than to help to identify them).
You expect easy entry into other countries around the world and within the EU, yet you want this country to turn around and tell them to bugger off. If you choose to reside here that's your perogative, you have the choice to live in another country and you want this luxury taken away? It's funny you label me as a labourer when the north and especially the Darlington area are and always have been quite a staunch labour community!
Yawn...sorry I was busy working for a living. I think you failed to see the main point of my comment - what gives people the self-righteous, hollier-than-thou perspective that they have any more right than another to live in any country just because they were born there? I'm sorry if I've insulted anyone but I think if you read the comments before a lot were very insulting to anyone who is not white British. I am not from Darlington, I'm probably what you would refer to as a Southerner. I do not condone for an instant what these two individuals have done, but I think their nationality and skin colour is irrelevant (other than to help to identify them). You expect easy entry into other countries around the world and within the EU, yet you want this country to turn around and tell them to bugger off. If you choose to reside here that's your perogative, you have the choice to live in another country and you want this luxury taken away? It's funny you label me as a labourer when the north and especially the Darlington area are and always have been quite a staunch labour community! Pennywise123
  • Score: -8

8:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

behonest says...

If the people that make up a country have been there for hundreds of years, share a common language, cultural identity, religion, race, customs, etc, then of course they have a right to say who can live there. What gives an outsider the 'right' to demand entry?
The US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc all have very strict entry requirements so why shouldn't we?

Here's 2 questions for Pennywise; how many Brits emigrated to Romania on 1 Jan, compared to the other way around, and how many Darlington couples are being sought by Romanian police for trying to mug a Romanian pensioner?
If the people that make up a country have been there for hundreds of years, share a common language, cultural identity, religion, race, customs, etc, then of course they have a right to say who can live there. What gives an outsider the 'right' to demand entry? The US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc all have very strict entry requirements so why shouldn't we? Here's 2 questions for Pennywise; how many Brits emigrated to Romania on 1 Jan, compared to the other way around, and how many Darlington couples are being sought by Romanian police for trying to mug a Romanian pensioner? behonest
  • Score: 9

12:48am Thu 27 Feb 14

dawnie2012 says...

**** foreign **** they come ere n take the **** **** out of us send the friggas home were they belong watch crimewatch to see how many of them arnt even ENGLISH enough said !!!
**** foreign **** they come ere n take the **** **** out of us send the friggas home were they belong watch crimewatch to see how many of them arnt even ENGLISH enough said !!! dawnie2012
  • Score: 2

12:54am Thu 27 Feb 14

dawnie2012 says...

they come ere to claim all our benefits DOPEY GOVERNMENT HANDS OUT AS USUAL then they **** us up the arce to make up for it CHARMING N WERE ENGLISH hmm not sure whats the hells goin on governments still got pockets lined n livin life of riley its us lot that PAY TA KEEP THESE LEECHES HERE FRIG OFF BACK TA YER HOLES DONT CARE WHAT YER SOB STORIES ARE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF IT ERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING INFESTED FOR CHRISTS SAKE !!!!!!! GET WOULD ALL DONATE A QUID TO **** YOU ALL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY EVERY LAST ONE OF YERS
they come ere to claim all our benefits DOPEY GOVERNMENT HANDS OUT AS USUAL then they **** us up the arce to make up for it CHARMING N WERE ENGLISH hmm not sure whats the hells goin on governments still got pockets lined n livin life of riley its us lot that PAY TA KEEP THESE LEECHES HERE FRIG OFF BACK TA YER HOLES DONT CARE WHAT YER SOB STORIES ARE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF IT ERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING INFESTED FOR CHRISTS SAKE !!!!!!! GET WOULD ALL DONATE A QUID TO **** YOU ALL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY EVERY LAST ONE OF YERS dawnie2012
  • Score: -1

12:58am Thu 27 Feb 14

dawnie2012 says...

WELL AS I TYPE FEW MORE LORRY LOADS ARRIVING HID BEHIND BOXES OF FOOD N GOD KNOWS WHAT WAITING FOR JOB CENTRE IN MORNING LOL HONESTLY YOU KNOW ITS TRUE !!
WELL AS I TYPE FEW MORE LORRY LOADS ARRIVING HID BEHIND BOXES OF FOOD N GOD KNOWS WHAT WAITING FOR JOB CENTRE IN MORNING LOL HONESTLY YOU KNOW ITS TRUE !! dawnie2012
  • Score: 1

2:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Central London is infested with hordes of foreign immigrants, the majority (not all of course) here illegally and/or their visas have expired. 'Thieving, begging and pick pocketing is rife', punctuated by frequent visits to the local 'London Borough Dole Offices' , hackney being one of the most popular, for their free British State Handouts all paid for by the British poor 'Mug' Working Taxpayer, 99 per cent who have paid into the BRITISH Tax System since they were SIXTEEN, yet these 'thieving lot' get every British State benefit from 'A to Z' and guess what they have NOT paid ONE PENNY into our British Benefit/NHS? Welfare Systems, again all paid for by the 'Poor' Mug liberal politcally shafted' British **Working Taxpayer..
Central London is infested with hordes of foreign immigrants, the majority (not all of course) here illegally and/or their visas have expired. 'Thieving, begging and pick pocketing is rife', punctuated by frequent visits to the local 'London Borough Dole Offices' , hackney being one of the most popular, for their free British State Handouts all paid for by the British poor 'Mug' Working Taxpayer, 99 per cent who have paid into the BRITISH Tax System since they were SIXTEEN, yet these 'thieving lot' get every British State benefit from 'A to Z' and guess what they have NOT paid ONE PENNY into our British Benefit/NHS? Welfare Systems, again all paid for by the 'Poor' Mug liberal politcally shafted' British **Working Taxpayer.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 6

2:14pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

We have for decades been politically 'shafted, hoodwinked,striaghtj
acked, lied to and told to 'Shut-Up' by the 'Labour and Liberal' parties for decades, every time a decent honest lawabidding citizen with ANY opinion on ANY issue on immigration (or immigrants committing serious crime re deportation) speaks out. We the decent working class people (that work) have become 'gagged house arrest prisoners' in our own country.............
......we have NO SAY it is always ignored by 9O per cent of lying pathetic politicians..
We have for decades been politically 'shafted, hoodwinked,striaghtj acked, lied to and told to 'Shut-Up' by the 'Labour and Liberal' parties for decades, every time a decent honest lawabidding citizen with ANY opinion on ANY issue on immigration (or immigrants committing serious crime re deportation) speaks out. We the decent working class people (that work) have become 'gagged house arrest prisoners' in our own country............. ......we have NO SAY it is always ignored by 9O per cent of lying pathetic politicians.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 7

7:35am Fri 28 Feb 14

DWilson says...

dawnie2012 wrote:
they come ere to claim all our benefits DOPEY GOVERNMENT HANDS OUT AS USUAL then they **** us up the arce to make up for it CHARMING N WERE ENGLISH hmm not sure whats the hells goin on governments still got pockets lined n livin life of riley its us lot that PAY TA KEEP THESE LEECHES HERE FRIG OFF BACK TA YER HOLES DONT CARE WHAT YER SOB STORIES ARE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF IT ERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING INFESTED FOR CHRISTS SAKE !!!!!!! GET WOULD ALL DONATE A QUID TO **** YOU ALL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY EVERY LAST ONE OF YERS
The irony of your ability in using the English language won't be lost on many contributors here regardless of their political persuasion or attitudes towards immigrants
[quote][p][bold]dawnie2012[/bold] wrote: they come ere to claim all our benefits DOPEY GOVERNMENT HANDS OUT AS USUAL then they **** us up the arce to make up for it CHARMING N WERE ENGLISH hmm not sure whats the hells goin on governments still got pockets lined n livin life of riley its us lot that PAY TA KEEP THESE LEECHES HERE FRIG OFF BACK TA YER HOLES DONT CARE WHAT YER SOB STORIES ARE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF IT ERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING INFESTED FOR CHRISTS SAKE !!!!!!! GET WOULD ALL DONATE A QUID TO **** YOU ALL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY EVERY LAST ONE OF YERS[/p][/quote]The irony of your ability in using the English language won't be lost on many contributors here regardless of their political persuasion or attitudes towards immigrants DWilson
  • Score: -2

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