An Ashton man who robbed a pensioner of hundreds of pounds in his own home has been jailed for six years.
In a sickening series of events, Sardar Singh befriended an elderly man and persuaded him to catch the bus to the man’s home.
Once at the partially-sighted pensioner’s home, Singh rifled through the man’s pockets and made off with his wallet.
Five days later another elderly man was targetd when getting off a bus in Kirkham.
He managed to hit Singh with his walking stick and the con man had to flee empty handed.
Singh pleaded guilty to robery and attempted robbery, and Lancashire police praised the sentence.
DC Mick Englishby said: “Singh has deliberately picked victims who he has thought have been vulnerable and an easy target. Sadly, his second victim, who was able to bravely fight him off, has since died and so will not know that Singh has been brought to justice.
“However, now that Singh is behind bars it means there is one less criminal on our streets who preys on the elderly.”