Merseyside man jailed for attempted robbery of elderly couple

A man has been jailed for 13 years and 6 months after attempting to rob an elderly couple in Kirkby.

George Fairclough broke into a house on Millbrook Crescent on Christmas Eve in 2017.

Fairclough was let into the house after banging on the front door, once inside the house he assaulted the man who lived there before dragging his wife out of her bed and demanding money.

He fled the scene after the male occupant of the house sought assistance from a neighbour.

He was arrested the next day and recalled to prison for breaching his licence, which he was serving for robbing an elderly gentleman.

Both victims of the robbery have passed away during the investigation.

Detective Constable Claire McLoughlin said: "This would have been a terrifying ordeal for the elderly couple concerned. Everyone has a right to feel safe and protected in their own home.

"I am pleased that not only has Fairclough been recalled to prison but he has also been given an extensive prison sentence which means he is no longer able to cause fear on our streets and target elderly and vulnerable people."