Hunt still on for thugs after Thorne war veteran attack

POLICE are hunting for a gang who brutally attacked a war veteran outside a Thorne shop.

Alfred Holt, 84, sustained a broken hip and bruising to his face after he was punched and kicked outside the Mace Allday Everyday convenience store in Haynes Road.

Mr Holt, who served in Egypt during the Second World War and now uses a wheelchair, was left hospitalised by the attack.

The thugs blocked his path into the shop before turning on their elderly victim, according to his grandson Glenn Holt.

The great-grandfather, who lives in Thorne, regularly goes out and about with his loyal Jack Russell-cross Charlie but his family fear the attack may stop him from being as independent.

Mr Holt, 40, of Bentley, said relatives were offering a cash reward for information about the assault which happened around 8pm on March 8.

He added: “I think sometimes people are scared to speak out or come forward with information.

“But it’s sick that people are out there on the streets who could do something like this.

“They need to be caught. If they can do this to an 84-year-old God knows what they’re capable of.”

Mr Holt was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary after the attack and was finally allowed to return home on Tuesday.

His grandson said the pensioner is making a slow recovery after leaving hospital.

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information to contact 0114 220 2020. They should quote incident 219 of March 8.