Pensioner injured during attempted armed robbery

Witnesses should call the police on 101
Witnesses should call the police on 101

An 80-year-old man has been left with a suspected fractured arm after he tried to flee from an attempted robbery.

The incident took place in West End, Elstow, as the elderly man was walking home from the Sports and Social Club in Wilstead Road.

The victim was approached by the offender, who was riding a bike, and offered him cheap cigarettes and alcohol.

He said he didn’t smoke and carried on walking. A few moments later, the offender approached the victim again but this time he was holding a knife and demanded that the man handed over his wallet or he would be stabbed.

The victim turned and fled but in doing so he fell over in the middle of the road injuring his arm, knee and face.

He was taken to hospital for treatment where it was thought he fractured his left arm or shoulder during the fall.

Detective Constable Barry Kerr, who is investigating the robbery, would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the attempted robbery at around 7pm on Thursday, August 21, or may have been approached by the offender before the attack.

The offender was a white man, around 5ft 8ins tall, of average build and spoke with an Irish accent.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Kerr, in confidence, on 01234 275035, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at