Police appeal after man in his 70s seriously hurt in Peterborough street robbery

St Martin's Street, Millfield. Scene of an attack on a pensioner. EMN-150302-125521009

St Martin's Street, Millfield. Scene of an attack on a pensioner. EMN-150302-125521009

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Thursday, 8am update: A pensioner is being treated in hospital nearly a week after being attacked and robbed in a cowardly assault on a Peterborough street on Friday, 30 January.

The man, aged in his early 70s, was pushed to the ground in St Martin’s Street, Millfield, Peterborough at about 6.50pm.

The robber had approached the elderly man from behind, and after shoving the pensioner to the floor, stole his mobile phone before running off. The victim is still in hospital as a result of the attack, and is expected to remain at Peterborough City Hospital for at least another week while he recovers from surgery. The injury is thought to involve a fracture.

A police spokesman declined to give more information about the injuries, or the exact circumstances of what happened during the attack.

However, detectives are appealing for witnesses to the robbery, and have released a description of the attacker.

He is described as between 21 and 40 years-old, about 5’10” tall, of Asian appearance, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and glasses with a thick black rim.

Detective Constable Leeza Phillips said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable pensioner and I urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Darren Adcock (49) who lives in nearby Dogsthorpe Road, said: “I heard something had happened, but it is worrying to hear exactly what it is. I hope the man is not too badly hurt.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.