Terminally-ill, elderly man attacked by thieves
Tuesday 19th August 2014 @ 11:01 by Becky Cahill
Denton & Audenshaw News


Robbers beat up a terminally-ill man as he walked home from the pub.

The 69-year-old victim, who has terminal cancer, was returning from one of his last pleasures in life – a night at his local with a couple of friends.

He left the Angel Pub at just before midnight on Tuesday, 5 August 2014, and was walking home along Wood Street, Denton, when two robbers sneaked up behind him and hit him to the back of the head with such force that he fell down to the ground.

They then kicked him in the stomach, stood on his back and snatched his wallet, removed some cash and threw the wallet back at him.

They then ran off in the direction of Edward St, Denton.

The victim suffered two suspected broken ribs and received hospital treatment.

His attackers are described as around 20-years-old, 5ft 8in or 9in tall, with local accents. One wore a light grey tracksuit while the other wore a black tracksuit. Both wore their hoods up.

Detective Constable Fiona Rigby, based at Hyde, said: “This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a frail and dying man.

“He has terminal cancer and is very ill, in fact he doesn’t have long to live. One of his remaining pleasures in life is to walk to his local pub for a couple of beers with his friends.

“Now, because of the despicable actions of these cowards, this modest pleasure has been utterly destroyed.

“Walking to and from the pub was part of his ritual, no doubt bringing him a modicum of independence. Now he has to get a taxi out of fear.

“The robbers probably wouldn’t have known about his condition, but one look at him would have told them he was frail, vulnerable and clearly not going to put up a fight – precisely why these bullies picked on him no doubt.

“I now want everyone to recall whether they were in the area – near the allotments on Wood Street – around midnight on Tuesday 5 August. Did you see anything that could help us?

“Also, while the victim was lay on the floor being attacked he saw a black or dark vehicle driving past him up Wood Street in the direction of Greengate Road, Denton. Were you in that car and did you see anything. If so, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9484 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.