The robber originally declined to answer officers’ questions but later pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery.

A robber has been arrested for targeting an elderly man in broad daylight in Bilborough.

John Ward, 41, struck a 78-year-old victim in Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, after they withdrew a large sum of money from a cash machine.

The incident took place on May 31, 2022, after Ward got out of his car and casually walked over to the elderly man and “wrenched” his wallet from his hands before fleeing the scene in the same car.

He was jailed for two years and eleven months after appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, 19, January.

Dionne Love, Nottinghamshire Police Detective Constable said: “This was a wicked and cowardly attack on an elderly victim.

“Ward saw an opportunity that day and pounced on a man he saw as an easy target.

“Unsurprisingly this incident has had a significant impact on the victim, who was already living with serious health problems.

“Ward showed absolutely no regard for his victim’s welfare and could easily have caused him a serious injury.”

A member of the public helped to track down the get-away car by partially remembering its registration plate number, which resulted in the arrest of it’s three occupants and the relocation of the victims wallet.

Detective Constable Love, added: “I am pleased he has now been held to account for his actions and would also like to thank the quick thinking member of the public who memorised details of the car number plate.

“Even though these details weren’t completely accurate, we did have enough information to quickly identify a suspect vehicle and pull it over with Ward and the stolen wallet still inside.

“Thanks in no small part to that bit of quick thinking, Ward is now beginning a well-deserved prison sentence and we have got justice for our victim.”