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Donations Flood In To Help Gateshead Disabled Man Alan Barnes After Attack

January 30, 2015

Donations are flooding in to help disabled attack victim Alan Barnes get over his ordeal after a generous Chronicle reader launched an appeal.

We revealed on Wednesday how the 67-year-old was the victim of a callous mugging outside his Gateshead home, which left him with a broken collar-bone.

Standing at just 4ft 6ins tall and weighing less than six stone, Alan was an easy target for his assailant, who knocked him over and then searched his pockets for money.

The cowardly attack, on Sunday evening, has left Chronicle readers sickened, and Alan too afraid to return to his Low Fell home.

And now one horrified mum was so touched by our story she has set-up an online funding page to raise money to help Alan get back on his feet.

Katie Cutler, 21, who works as a beautician, said: “I read the story and I was just so moved by it so I thought I would set something up to help. I got a response straight away.”

The ‘Alan Barnes Fund’ page on the Go Fund Me website has since been flooded with donations.

More than £400 came in during the first three hours and now, less than 24 hours since it was launched the total stands at more than £1,400.

Katie, from Greenside, Gateshead, plans to give all the money raised to Alan to spend how he wishes, and to help with the cost of moving house.

Alan was born with a number of defects including sight and growth problems after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy.

The mugger struck at around 6.30pm on Sunday as Alan, of Hillside Place, brought his wheelie bin in.

The thug pounced on Alan, knocking him to the ground before searching his pockets. But when the would-be robber realised there was no cash for him he fled.

Alan said: “Someone just jumped on me. It all happened in a very short time. I would just like to see him caught because he might do it again.”

Alan is now being cared for by his sister Carol Hill at her home in Benton, North Tyneside.

The 55-year-old added: “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.”

Alan is well known around the Low Fell and an active member of the congregation at Wrekenton Methodist Church. He fills his days taking long walks around the area.

The skilled mathematician has impressed a number of local youths with his mental abilities, as he can work out exactly how many days a person has been alive after finding out when they were born.

Alan is now too frightened to return to his old home, and Carol is helping her brother look for new accommodation.

Det Cons Chris Neil, of Gateshead CID, is investigating the attack.

He said: “This was a cowardly assault on a vulnerable man who wasn’t able to defend himself. His disability means he is partially sighted and quite short and it’s disgraceful that someone would target him.

“The victim is quite a well known man in the area and this has left him extremely distressed.

“We’re doing everything we can to trace the suspect and I would urge anyone who saw this attempted robbery or who has information about the person responsible to get in touch.”

You can donate to the fund for Alan at

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2015 9:18 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. January 30, 2015 9:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  3. January 31, 2015 1:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from the north and commented:
    Very nice….

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