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94-year-old Poulton man in Royal Preston Hospital after ‘deplorable attack’

Posted on - 17th August, 2020 - 6:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Lancashire Police, Preston News
Photos of injuries sustained by the 94-year-old victim
Police said it’s “only a matter of luck” that the victim’s injuries weren’t more serious

Police are appealing for information after what they describe as a “deplorable attack” on an elderly man in Poulton-le-Fylde.

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Police were called by the ambulance service at around 10.20pm on Sunday 16 August to a report that the 94-year-old man had been attacked at an address in Wyresdale Avenue.

The victim said he had woken up to find an intruder standing over him demanding money. When he refused, the offender assaulted him with a knife – causing slash wounds – before making off.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment and is currently stable.

CCTV footage can be viewed below. If the video doesn’t load, view on YouTube.

Det Insp Steve Harry, of Blackpool Police, said: “This is a deplorable offence, committed against an elderly man in his own home. The level of violence is obscene and extremely concerning, and it is only a matter of luck that the victim’s injuries are not more serious.

“It’s hard to imagine a more heartless, cowardly and despicable crime, and detectives will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to find those responsible.

“I appeal to anyone with knowledge of the offence or the identity of the offenders to come forward. Even those in or on the periphery of crime cannot surely condone this behaviour, and I particularly appeal to the criminal fraternity to call time on this and do what is right.

“I would urge anyone who has any information or concerns to call us or approach and speak to an officer.”

Detectives are carrying out a number of enquiries and there are reassurance patrols in the area.

CCTV images of the alleged offender
CCTV images of the alleged offender

Police believe the offence could have been committed by the same person responsible for an assault and robbery of a pensioner in Stanley Avenue on Tuesday 11 August at around 7.45pm.

The victim was at home when the offender entered the property through an unlocked window, demanding money. The offender punched the victim, knocking him to the floor, before slashing the man in the neck and arm, causing nasty injuries.

The victim is recovering well and enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s attack should contact police on 101 quoting log 1738 of August 16th, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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