A MAN who deliberately pushed a Bracknell man and a 91-year-old in front of an oncoming tube has been jailed for life.


Both men narrowly avoided being hit by the oncoming train after a paranoid schizophrenic shoved them onto the tracks.

Tobias French, from Bracknell, described his "incredible sense of guilt" when he heard his attacker had struck again.

He had been making his way home when Paul Crossley, 47, tried to push him onto the rails at Tottenham Court Road station on April 27 last year.

He was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and will serve a minimum of 12 years.

A judge described him as a "grave and enduring risk to the public".

The court previously heard Crossley, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had not taken his medication on the day of the attacks and had used £600 worth of crack cocaine the day before.

Mr French managed to fight Crossley off - prompting the attacker to flee the scene on the next Central Line train.

Just minutes later, Crossley shoved 91-year-old Sir Robert Malpas onto the rails at Marble Arch.

Sir Robert, who was heading to Oxford Circus after a pensioners' lunch, was rescued by teacher Riyad El Hussani, who leapt from the platform just one minute before the next train was due to arrive.

The industrialist, who was knighted by the Queen in 1998, suffered a broken pelvis and a cut to the head which needed 12 stitches.

Judge Hilliard said CCTV footage of the attack had been "terrifying to watch" and Crossley fled, before picking out Sir Robert due to his age.

The court heard how the driving force for the attacks was drug abuse rather than paranoid schizophrenia.

Crossley will first be sent to hospital until his health improves and then to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.