Man attacked in robbery attempt

tis. Harrogate Hospital. 21080612b
tis. Harrogate Hospital. 21080612b

A pensioner has been hospitalised with head injuries after he was attacked in an attempted robbery in Harrogate.

The 66-year-old, who lives locally, was attacked in the Regent Terrace area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Investigating officers from Harrogate Police believe this attack may be linked to an incident in Devonshire Place which happened about 15 earlier.

A group of men had been seen arguing over a pushbike outside Harrogate Working Men’s Club and police believe that they may have information that could assist the investigation.

DC Claire Brown, of Harrogate CID, said: “The victim is continuing to receive hospital treatment for some quite serious injuries and it is important that people with information come forward. I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Regent Terrace and Devonshire Place around the time of the incidents to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

The victim had been walking through the Regent’s Terrace area at around 12.10am on Saturday when he was approached by a man on a bicycle. The cyclist attempted to steal the victim’s bank card before assaulting him and running off.

Police say the victim suffered injuries to his head, face and body in the incident and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The offender, who was wearing a dark-coloured bomber jacket, is described as white, aged between 20 and 30 with short, brown curly hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 12120181184.