Northumbria Police are on the hunt for a cowardly thug who callously attacked disabled pensioner Alan Barnes outside his Gateshead home on Sunday evening.
The victim, who was born with several defects, including sight and growth problems after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy, was bringing in his wheelie bin when the attack took place. The thug proceeded to knock Alan, who is 67 years old and only 4 foot 6, to the ground, breaking his collar bone. He then attempted to take money from the pockets of Mr Barnes but fled when he realised that there was no money to take.
The pensioner, who weighs only 6 stone, was attacked at around 6.30pm and has said that he hopes the criminal is caught as he fears that a similar attack could happen again.Alan told the Chronicle,
He pushed me down and put his hands in my pockets then told me to give him my money, but I didn’t have any. I shouted ‘help’ and then he ran off. As soon as he had gone I got up, and I knew I had been hurt.
The 67 year old then managed to stumble to the door of his neighbour for assistance. Alan’s sister was called and he swiftly taken to hospital where the extent of his injuries were soon revealed.
I’m just frustrated now that I can’t do anything for myself. They say it will take four to six weeks for me to recover. I’m trying to do the best I can. I can manage to get a bath if someone puts the water in. But I can’t tie my shoelaces.
His sister told the Chronicle,
The police seem to think it was a random opportunist attack. But they must have seen Alan as an easy target. I was furious. Whoever has done this has no morals at all to attack someone so vulnerable
Police detectives are searching for the person who launched this vicious attack and are urging people to come forward if they have any information that might help find the perpetrator.Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1180 25/01/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.