December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
CCTV images have been released of the moment a man in his mid-60s was assaulted and robbed in Lowestoft last Friday morning.
The grainy images have been released by police in a bid to catch the offender.
They show the robber attacking the 67-year-old man in Bevan Street West, close to Katwijk Way, at around 9.45am.
The offender can also be seen picking up a set of keys dropped by his victim during the incident.
The 67-year-old was outside business premises when he was approached by a man, who is thought to be aged in his late teens to late 20s and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms with a grey gilet over the top. The attacker’s hood was up and pulled tightly around his face.
The offender was brandishing a weapon – now thought to be a baton - and he struck the 67-year-old several times while trying to steal a bag he was carrying.
A scuffle ensued before the offender fled without the bag and cycled away on a grey bike towards Stanley Street.
However, a set of keys that had fallen to the ground in the altercation were grabbed and stolen by the robber.
The 67-year-old was taken to James Paget University Hospital where he was found to have three breaks to his hand and severe bruising to his arms and body.
A police spokesman said: “Since the original media appeal on Friday, detectives have been contacted by a number of people who were in the area in the period before the robbery and who saw the man.
“Officers are thanking them for coming forward but still need to speak to anyone who may have information about who the offender is.”
The spokesman said the CCTV showed the gilet the attacker was wearing as green but said that was a result of the recording and in reality it was grey.
Anyone who saw the offender, or who has any information about who he is,is asked to call Lowestoft CID by dialling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.