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Paul Crossley said his victims were chosen at random

A man who pushed two people – including a former Eurotunnel boss – on to Tube tracks has been jailed for life.

Paul Crossley shoved 91-year-old Sir Robert Malpas at Marble Arch in April 2018, after earlier trying to push Tobias French at Tottenham Court Road.

Crossley, 47, from east London, 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”.

At the Old Bailey, Judge Nicholas Hilliard said Crossley, who has paranoid schizophrenia, would first be sent to hospital until his health improved and then to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

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

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Media captionTobias French was about to get the Tube home when a stranger attempted to push him into the path of an oncoming train.

After being pushed on to the tracks, Sir Robert was rescued by bystander Riyad El Hussani, who jumped from the platform and pulled him away from danger.

Former industrialist Sir Robert, who was knighted in 1998, spent more than a week in hospital with a fractured pelvis and a head wound.

The attack came shortly after Crossley, from Leyton, had tried to push Mr French onto the tracks.

During the trial, Crossley said he meant “to scare” Mr French, who had “looked at me a bit funny”.

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