Two members of a Romanian gang that targeted elderly people to steal their bank cards were yesterday jailed for six years each.

Ioan Hutup, 30, and Elena Batan, 38, would spy on pensioners using their debit and credit cards at supermarket checkouts, watching them entering their PIN then following them home.

There, they would use a number of ruses to distract the victim while their card was stolen from them and then used to withdraw cash to buy goods.

Judge Richard Foster told the pair at Luton Crown Court: ‘This was despicable conduct. You acted without any concern for your victims, some of whom were in their 80’s and one as old as 91.’

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