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Attack victim fund rises to £10,000

Well-wishers have donated more than £10,000 for a 4ft 6in, frail and visually impaired pensioner who was mugged outside his house.

Alan Barnes, 67, was left too afraid to return to his home in Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, after the attack on Sunday.

Mr Barnes, who has lived with disabilities from birth after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant, broke his collarbone when he was shoved over.

His attacker demanded money and checked through his victim's pockets, but ran off when Mr Barnes called for help.

Following reports of the attack, which police described as "disgraceful", beautician Katie Cutler was moved to set up the Help Alan Barnes online donation page on the Go Fund Me site.

She wrote: "I was so upset that anyone could target a disabled pensioner and be so cruel.

"We can't take away what has happened but with a little donation we can make the future a prettier one and help towards the cost of his new home. Thank you all."

The aim was to raise £500 but that was quickly passed and the total by Friday morning had reached over £10,600.

Nadeem Inayat wrote on the donation page: "I was very upset to have read that such a defenceless and frail old man was left feeling afraid to go back to his home that for all intents and purposes should be his haven and source of safety.

"I hope someone reads some of these comments to Alan and let him know that he is a very much loved man."

Mr Barnes is a well-known figure in Low Fell and is renowned for being able to quickly calculate how many days old someone is from their date of birth.

The donation page is at

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