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Chester city centre attack on 80-year-old pensioner

Police seek suspect for 'cowardly' attack on pensioner in alleyway appropriately called Crook Street

The Crook Street alleyway off Watergate Street where the pensioner was attacked. Picture by Google Street View

Police have condemned a ‘cowardly’ Chester city centre attack on an 80-year-old pensioner who required hospital treatment.

Officers are seeking a middle-aged male cyclist alleged to have carried out the assault down an alleyway in broad daylight.

The victim, a local man, was walking along Crook Street, Chester, when he was involved in a verbal dispute with the cyclist at around 11am on Monday, September 19.

Following the disagreement, the pensioner started to walk down an alleyway towards Watergate Street.

At this point the cyclist got off his bike and attacked the victim from behind, pushing him to the floor.

The alleyway in Crook Street where the pensioner was attacked. Picture by Google Street View

The cyclist is described as a white middle-aged man, approximately 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, with a pale complexion. At the time of the incident he was wearing dark green trousers, a baseball cap and carrying a rucksack. The bike is described as not being a mountain bike, and had an old style rack over the back wheel.

DC Stephen Owens, the investigating officer, said: “We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this cowardly attack, and as part of my investigation I’m keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

“The victim is a frail, elderly man who suffers from poor eyesight, and as a result of this incident he has been left extremely shaken and required hospital treatment for a number of cuts and bruises.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 292 of September 19, 2016. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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