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Plea to catch war veteran's killer

The family of a 90-year-old Second World War veteran who died after being violently robbed in his home have appealed for help to catch his killer.

Geoffrey Bacon was ambushed at the doorstep of the flat in Camberwell, south London, where he had lived for more than 40 years.

The widower suffered a broken hip as his attacker ransacked his Peabody Estate home and escaped with just £40 and his bus pass.

He was left banging the floor of his hallway with his walking stick for half an hour to raise the alarm.

Police said Mr Bacon, who once worked as a driver for United States General Dwight Eisenhower, spent 11 weeks in hospital recovering before dying on August 5.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a direct result of the attack almost four months earlier.

Mr Bacon's son, Philip Bacon and daughter-in-law, Jean, both 63, of Whitstable, Kent, said they were shocked anyone could target someone so frail.

Mr Bacon said losing his independence was the "final straw" for his father, a well-known and liked character in the area, who became "disillusioned".

He added: "He was attacked from behind and punched and kicked on the ground. He had bruising to his shoulder and a broken hip. How could anyone do that to a poor old chap?

"They went out and shut the door and just left him there. He hammered on the floor with his walking stick for 30 minutes and called out for help until a neighbour heard and called the police."


From Belfast Telegraph