Shocking footage shows defenceless lollipop man have sign stolen after being attacked in broad daylight
This shocking footage shows a defenceless lollipop man have his SIGN stolen after being attacked in broad daylight.
The 82-year-old suffered multiple injuries to his left side after being pushed to the ground in the attack near three primary schools in Coventry, West Mids.
The attacker then snatches the sign out of the pensioner’s hand and runs off as gobsmacked passers-by look on around 3.45pm on Wednesday January 21.
The school patrol crossing man – who has been working there for 14 years and travels 10 miles every day – has been left so badly shaken by the assault, he hasn’t gone back to work.
West Midlands Police are still looking for the offender who is described as a white man, around 6ft 2in tall, of athletic build, in his late 20s to early 30s, with bushy or thick hair and was wearing dark clothing.
Detective Inspector Gareth Mason, of Coventry Investigation Team, said: “The pensioner has done this job for over 14 years and he was not prepared to just hand over his treasured crossing sign.
“He refused to let go and ended up in a struggle with his assailant, ultimately leading to the robber pushing his elderly victim to the floor before running off with the lollipop stick.
“This is a particularly senseless offence against an elderly man, who is carrying out a public duty.
“Since the attack the victim has been too distressed and shaken by what happened to return to work − something that has devastated him after so many years of devoted service.
“He also suffered injuries to his left side as a result of the fall. It is only through fortune that the injuries were not more serious.
“We are determined to identify the offender and request the help of the local community or anybody who witnessed the offence.”
Following the robbery, a kind-hearted passer by spotted a blue Vauxhall Vectra car driving away and stopping in a nearby street, where three men got out, one of whom was carrying the lollipop stick.
He bravely confronted them and was able to get the stick back for the lollipop man.
Anyone with information ring 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.