A man has appeared in court following accusations he played a role in a robbery involving a man in his 80s being assaulted.
The pensioner was struck on the head during an aggravated burglary in Balshaw Crescent, Leyland, at around 8am on Friday. 2 hours later, another elderly victim was forced to hand over money to an offender in Eaves Lane, Chorley.
James McCool, 39, of Bleasdale Court, Longridge, is one of four men charged following the two separate incidents in Leyland and Chorley. He has appeared at Preston Crown Court via a video link from HMP Preston.
The other defendants are Mark McGranaghan, 47, of Wordworth Street, Burnley; Anthony Prosser, 50, of Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley and Kevin Cragg, 44, of Rosegrove Lane, Burnley.
A new hearing date for the Preston offender has been set for 9th August.