Brutal robber attacks man, 92

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Police are appealing for information after a 92-year-old man was attacked and robbed at his home in Preston.

Around 1.30pm on Saturday a man visited an address in Lytham Road demanding money for work done to the property.

The homeowner, a 92-year-old man, refused, saying no work had been carried out, but the offender kept demanding cash, eventually gaining access inside the house.

The victim reluctantly decided to give some money to the man from a purse in his bedroom, but was followed and attacked by the robber, who dragged the pensioner along the floor as he tried to hold onto his money.

The offender made off from the scene, leaving the 92-year-old man with a serious injury to his right arm, as well as swelling to his right hand. He was later taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

The attacker is described as a white male in his 40s, of stocky build and was wearing a blue coat.

Police are appealing for information following the incident.

Det Con Will Hogan, of Preston Police, said: “This was an absolutely shocking robbery where a 92-year-old man was targeted and we need to find the person responsible immediately.

“The offender has lied about carrying work out at the property before gaining access inside and taking a four-figure sum, money from the victim’s pension. In the process he has left the man with a serious arm injury, dragging him along the floor as he grabbed the cash.

“This crime has left officers disgusted and it is crucial we locate the attacker. We believe he was of stocky build, wearing a blue jacket. If you were in the Lytham Road area today at the time of the offence and saw anything unusual, we would ask you contact us.

“We believe a flatbed truck may be linked to the investigation. Again, if you saw this vehicle, please call us.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0751 of February 11.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.