Milkman suffers broken nose in vicious robbery

A MILKMAN doing his rounds in Wetherby was robbed by two men on Monday following a vicious attack which left him with a broken nose.

The milkman was collecting money from customers on Nidd Approach at 5.50pm when he was approached by the men who attacked him and stole his money.

The victim, whose injuries required hospital treatment, provided the police with descriptions of the two men.

Sgt Paul Bilton, recognised the descriptions and deployed the local Neighbourhood Policing Team into the area at strategic points.

Within half an hour PCSO Lucky Saddique, out on patrol in the Leedswatch CCTV van, identified one of the suspects.

PCSO Saddique challenged the man and after a short foot chase detained him.

PCs Paul Rowden and Steve Atkinson came to his aid and arrested a man for robbery.

The other suspect, a juvenile, had gone into hiding but was later found and arrested for robbery by PCs Byfield and Katkowski.

Wetherby Police Inspector Marcus Griffiths said: “The policing team worked very well together and with the help of members of the public from Wetherby, rapidly detected this nasty unprovoked crime.

“The team want to reassure everyone that this type of offence is very rare in our area.

“The help given by the public was a clear demonstration that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will not accept this type of behaviour in our town.”

Tony Dudley, of Ainsty Road, has since appeared at Leeds Magistrates and remanded in custody for seven days.

The juvenile has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

l See Opinion, page 6.