A woman has been jailed after attacking and trying to rob an 89-year-old woman, as she walked along London Road, Brighton.

Lewes Crown Court heard that the victim was passing the Co-op supermarket when she was approached by Tasker, who had previously been sitting on the floor against a bus stop, covered by a blanket.

As Tasker went to grab her bag, the victim was knocked to the ground.

Tasker then left her lying on the pavement bruised and shaken and walked off empty handed.

Clare Tasker, 38, of no fixed address, was charged with assault with intent to rob and admitted the offence.

She was sentenced to two years in prison.

This was a nasty attack by Tasker on an elderly woman who was out shopping during an afternoon in London Road. It left the victim extremely shaken up. The sentence means Tasker will be off the streets and unable to prey on elderly vulnerable victims We would like to thank the members of public who came to the victim's aid on that afternoon.

Detective Constable Scott Moore, Sussex Police