Man jailed for attack on pensioner

anthony bycroft, jailed for nine years for attempting to rob a pensioner
anthony bycroft, jailed for nine years for attempting to rob a pensioner

A MAN who tried to rob an 88-year-old as he was on his way home from a night at his local social club has been jailed for nine years.

Leeds Crown Court heard last Thursday how 35-year old Anthony Bycroft, of Heckmondwike, attacked the pensioner shortly before midnight on October 5.

The victim had been at his local and was returning home when he was attacked from behind by Bycroft who grabbed him around the neck and demanded money from him.

Bycroft forced the man to the floor and searched his pockets, but the victim shouted for help and Bycroft fled empty-handed.

The elderly man suffered only minor injuries but was said to have been traumatised by the incident which happened in Batley Road.

After the sentencing Acting Det Chief Insp Andy White said: “This was a cynical and cowardly attack on an elderly man. Clearly this has been recognised by the court and I welcome the lengthy custodial sentence imposed. I would praise the victim for his courage and the community who have rallied around him following the incident.”