Pensioner wearing his old RAF jacket is headbutted by thugs shouting ‘death to the soldiers’
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 13:45 GMT, 11 December 2010
An ex-serviceman wearing an RAF jacket was attacked by thugs who shouted at him ‘Bomb the soldiers! Death to the soldiers!’
The 69-year-old was punched and headbutted by two Asian or mixed-race attackers who spotted him in military uniform.
Paramedics took the veteran to hospital after he was left with bruising, black eyes and an injured nose following the early evening attack.
The youths, aged between 17 and 20, shouted offensive remarks about soldiers at the white-haired pensioner and then attacked him when he responded.
The incident happened in Sherwood Street, Fallowfield, Manchester, police revealed today.
Officers today released a shocking picture of the bruised victim in a hospital bed with two black eyes after the attack.
Police Constable Michael Seddon, who is investigating the incident, said: ‘This was a mindless and brutal attack on a vulnerable member of the community.
‘The victim was left extremely shaken and he is still recovering from his injuries.’
One of the attackers was described as of stocky build, 5ft 6in tall, had thin braided hair and was wearing dark clothing.
The second man was chubby, 5ft 4in tall, had short shaved black hair and was wearing dark clothing.
The two men fled the scene on bicycles.
The ex-serviceman, who was wearing a poppy, was attacked on November 1 but police have only just released information about the incident.
In another attack on a war veteran, 90-year-old Geoff Bacon died after a thief beat him for his bus pass and £40.
The Second World War serviceman, who drove General Eisenhower in France, was jumped from behind as he entered his flat in Camberwell, London.
He died 11 weeks after the attack as a direct result of the injuries he sustained.