One-legged man denies assaulting neighbour with crutches

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A one-legged man accused of knocking a neighbour unconscious with his crutches and robbing him has made his first appearance at court.

Gerald Laidlaw, escorted into court in a wheelchair by two police officers, is also alleged to have shoved a wheelchair into a paramedic called to the robbery scene.

Laidlaw, 48, formally of Gorton Street, Blackpool, now of no fixed address, is charged with robbing his 50-year-old male neighbour, who had just been discharged from a medical unit after having a stroke, of £27.

The offence is said to have taken place at the resort’s Gorton Street Hostel on July 6.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had indicated he would plead not guilty to robbery.

Laidlaw was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 5 by Blackpool magistrates.