Police have today, Monday 16 February released shocking CCTV footage of a 92-year-old man being attacked, robbed and assaulted for just £5.
The pensioner, who lives on his own, was left on the ground for more than five minutes after being targeted by the robber when he came back from a shopping trip in Westminster.
Detectives are appealing for information following the assault and robbery at Ingestre Court, W1 which occurred on Saturday, 31 January, at approximately 20:00hrs.
The CCTV footage released today shows the victim being followed by the suspect as he returned from the shops into the block of flats where he lives.
Pushing a small shopping trolley, the frail victim is seen to wait in a communal entrance for the lift to his flat as the suspect approached him.
The suspect then grabbed the man’s pocket and pushed him to the floor. He stole his wallet containing ?5 and then left the building.
The harrowing footage then shows the shocked pensioner collapsed in the communal area as he struggled to comprehend what happened.
Despite his shock, he managed to get his feet. He then took the lift to his flat and called 999.
As a result of the assault the pensioner suffered a shoulder injury. London Ambulance Service was called but he did not require hospital treatment.
The victim, a widower with no children, is now living back at his home despite living in fear for his safety.
Officers have also issued an image of man they would like to speak to in connection with the robbery.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 5ft 10ins and 6ft, slim build and aged between 20-30 years. He was wearing casual dark clothing.
Detective Sergeant Gemma Alger of the Westminster Serious Crime Unit said: “This is a totally unprovoked, callous and sickening assault on a defenceless pensioner.
“The victim is fiercely independent and has lived in London all his life. His confidence has been eroded as a result of the actions of this individual and now he is fearful about going out.
“I would urge anyone who has any information on who was responsible to contact us as soon as possible before he targets someone else.”
Any information to Westminster Serious Crime Unit on 02073217513 or 101 quoting reference 6504926/15.