Victim, 65, punched in robbery bid

A 65-year-old man was knocked to the ground during an attempted robbery in Leighton Buzzard.

Police today released details of the incident which happened on Thursday, September 25, at about 9.55pm as the man was walking to the local shops along Westside, Doggett Street.

Three men appeared from behind a tree before hitting the victim in the face which caused him to fall to his knees. The men then punched the victim again and demanded he hand over his wallet.

All three men left the scene on foot towards the Royal British Legion building empty handed.

All the attackers are described as white men and approximately 22 years old. One was approximately 5ft 8ins tall with a stocky build and wore a dark Adidas track bottoms and a black hooded top; another was approximately 6ft tall with a slim build and wore a dark hooded top.

Det Con Gill Cowley, investigating, said: “This was a cowardly act which has left the victim with a cut to his nose and bruising. It is possible that other pedestrians saw the three offenders in the area prior to the incident and I would urge anyone who has information that may help identify those responsible to come forward and speak with officers, in confidence.”

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact Det Con Cowley, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394471, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.