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Terminally-ill pensioner attacked by two robbers

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A 69-year-old terminally-ill pensioner has been attacked as he walked home from the pub.

The elderly gentleman was returning from one of his last pleasures in life, a night at his local with his friends.

The gentleman left the Angel Pub along Wood Street, Denton just before midnight on Tuesday August 5th, he was then attacked by two robbers who sneaked up behind him.

He was hit over the back of the head with such force he fell to the ground.

He was kicked in the stomach, stood on his back, snatched his wallet removed some cash and threw it 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

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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