A mother who joined forces with her daughter to try and break into a house and then punched an 83-year-old woman while demanding cash has been jailed – after West Midlands Police officers swooped to promptly arrest her.

Angela Cleary forced her way into the pensioner’s home in Tile Cross, Birmingham, where she then pulled her hair and banged her head against the wall.

The commotion alerted a member of the public who intervened to help the woman as Cleary fled the scene in Bosworth Drive around 9.30am on 6 October last year.

Quicktime enquiries established the 51-year-old was the prime suspect and she was arrested just under an hour later from her home address.

Cops were also able to link her to an attempted burglary alongside her 35-year-old daughter Kelly Cleary at 8.15am the same day.

They smashed the rear window of a property in East Meadway, Tile Cross, but were disturbed by a neighbour and left empty-handed.

Angela Cleary, of Alcombe Grove, Stechford, was convicted of attempted robbery and attempted burglary and jailed for four years and three months at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (27 September).

Kelly Cleary, of the same address, was sentenced to 12 months after admitting attempted burglary and an unrelated offence of having a bladed article.

Detective Constable Andrew Moore, from force CID, said:

“Angela Cleary is clearly not a good role model having embroiled her daughter within her own criminal ways.

“She thought nothing against threatening and assaulting a pensioner in her own home – a place she should have felt most safe.

“The actions of the public helped to prevent the elderly woman from suffering further harm and the prompt work of officers ensured the key suspect was detained quickly.

“We were able to prove Angela Cleary was behind the attempted robbery on the pensioner and also involved in attempts to break into the other property with Kelly Cleary just over an hour earlier.

“We’re pleased she now faces a significant time behind bars and her daughter will also serve a prison term to reflect on the perils of following in her footsteps.”

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