20th Oct, 2017

Man accused of robbing beloved lollipop man appears in court

Coventry Editorial 19th May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A Coventry man accused of stealing a lollipop man’s stick is to appear before the city’s Crown Court.

Unemployed Robert Pritchard, of Bolingbrooke Road in the Stoke area of the city stood before magistrates on Friday, May 15, accused of robbery.

On Wednesday, January 21 officers released CCTV of an 82-year-old crossing attendant helping children cross the road from Gosford Park Primary School, All Saints Church of England Primary School and Coventry Blue Coat School, on Humber Avenue, when a man grabbed his lollipop stick and ran off.

In the struggle the pensioner fell to the floor and was injured.

The investigating officers’ footage of the incident drew messages of support from across the country.

The lollipop man, who does not wish to be named, is a friendly face to hundreds of city youngsters and parents – travelling ten miles every day to various schools for over 14 years to help families cross the roads safely.

Following a brief appearance, Pritchard’s case was automatically referred to Coventry Crown Court for August 21.

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