Have-a-go OAP beaten by gang
Jun 17 2008
A DISABLED pensioner was battered unconscious with a brick after he went to confront a gang of stone-throwing teenagers.
Ray Mills, aged 73, took on the 10-strong crowd outside his Birmingham home and was knocked to the floor by one of them.
The retired welder, who walks on crutches, is waiting for tests on his eye to see whether his sight has been damaged and has undergone brain scans in hospital.
As he recovered at his Stechford Road home today, he condemned the thugs and said: “I’m in terrible pain.”
He hoped that the shocking pictures of his injuries would strike the conscience of the hooligans – understood to include both boys and girls – and result in them contacting police.
“I can’t believe what they did to me – it’s like a bad dream,” said Mr Mills.
“All I did was ask them why they had been throwing stones and one of them went for me.
“If I’d had my crutches with me and I knew it was coming, I’d have defended myself but one of them whacked me without any warning and the next thing I remember is waking up in the house.
“I’m pretty sure he had something like a brick in his hand.
“I’m in terrible pain and I’ll have to go back to the hospital for more scans and X-rays, but I’m most worried about my sight because I rely on my car to get about.”
The attack happened at about 3pm on Friday.
Mr Mills, said he had been upstairs when he spotted the gang hurling rocks and stones at the house where he has lived with his wife, Enid, aged 73, for 51 years.
After shouting from the window, he went to the front of the house where he came face to face with the teenagers and asked: “Why?”
The thug who attacked the pensioner is described as being Asian and 14-16. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket with white piping on the chest.
Mr Mills was hit to the left side of his face and fell against a neighbour’s garden wall before the mob of seven boys and three girls fled towards Washwood Heath Technology College, chased away by neighbours.
The pensioner was taken to Heartlands Hospital where he spent two days before being released.
Mr Mills, who has one daughter, Julie, aged 40, said: “I did the same as anybody else would do if someone was throwing stones at their house.
“There’s nothing I can say about the person who did this to me that would be fit to print but I can’t believe that people act in this way.
“I’ve been punched a couple of times in my life and the injury was nothing like this.”
Julie, from Polesworth, Staffordshire, added: “I shouldn’t have to see my dad like this and if anybody has got a conscience they will come forward.”
Police said they will interview neighbours in a bid to catch the attacker.
Insp Dale Speed from Stechford Police Station said: “This was an alarming attack, regardless of the motive but it is not part of a pattern of crime in the area.”
Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0845 113 5000.