A woman who exploited and stole from vulnerable elderly men has been jailed for 44 months.

Rebecca Reeves, 34, of Liptrott Road, Chorley, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday where she was given the custodial sentence as well as a five-year criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO).

It comes after police gathered a catalogue of evidence to show she had been stealing from, and offering services to, vulnerable members of the community.

It included taking inappropriate sums of money to assist with domestic chores such as shopping, and also offering sexual services for financial rewards. It is thought that Reeves was one of a group of five women who targeted more than 40 victims, including men suffering from dementia.

The CRASBO bans her from entering any sheltered housing complex or supported living centre in the town.

It also states that she must not engage in any activity which amounts to the provision of, or offer to provide, any services for gain, either financial or otherwise, except for legitimate employment or business.

She is also banned from being in possession of a bank card, credit card or other identification belonging to another person and acting in an anti-social way in the town. Chorley Insp David Robinson said: “Reeves targeted some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“I hope that this result sends a warning to others that we take this issue extremely seriously and reassures residents that we are committed to taking action.”

She had earlier pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.

Last June at a house in Chorley, Reeves stole £85 in cash and cigarettes.

The theft offence relates to an offence last September, when Reeves together with another woman, Tracy Halliday, stole £15. The victims of both offences were vulnerable elderly men.

Reeves was given the CRASBO on the back of the criminal conviction.

The order will continue for five years so that it affords the public protection after she is released from prison.

The sentencing comes after anti-social behaviour orders were granted against Tracy Halliday, 40, of Chester Place, Adlington; Lesley Bennett, 36, of Ashby Street, Chorley; and Emma Reeves, 36, of Princess Street, Chorley in December. An ASBO was also granted against Andrena Kelly, 36, of John Street, Coppull, in January. All four are subject to similar conditions as Reeves. Tracy Halliday was also sentenced on Monday to four months in prison for her part in the same theft as Reeves.