Appeal after 'nasty’ attack that saw Rotherham pensioner pushed off bike and robbed

Police are appealing for information after a pensioner was pushed off his bike ‘with severe force’ and robbed as he cycled down a Rotherham street.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 5:46 pm
The incident happened on Laughton Common Road.

Shortly before 9am this morning (January 27), a 70-year-old man was cycling along Laughton Common Road in the direction of Thurcroft.

When he was around 100 yards away from Thurcroft Cemetery, it is reported that the passenger of a blue Ford Fiesta purposely leaned out of the car window and pushed him off his electric bike.

While he lay on the floor unable to move, the passenger is said to have got out of the vehicle and stolen the bike.

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Rotherham DI Nina Jackson, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this or a 54 plate Ford Fiesta in the Thurcroft and Laughton area this morning to get in touch.

"I’d also urge drivers who were travelling through the area to check their dash cam footage to see if they captured the vehicle on video.

"I am keen to identify and speak to the two men in connection with this incident.

“This was a particularly nasty assault in which an elderly man was pursued and targeted.

"Thankfully, he has suffered no life altering injuries, however he was left incredibly shaken. His helmet was also cracked which suggests he was pushed with severe force.

“If you can help my team identify those involved, please contact us on 101 as soon as you can. Any footage or CCTV can be emailed to us. Thank you for your help.”

The incident number to quote is 197 of 27 January. Footage can be emailed to [email protected].