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Elderly man, 80, punched in stomach in Laburnum Avenue, Leigh
8:51pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
AN 80-year-old man who suffers from pulmonary arthritis was punched in the stomach in an unprovoked attack.
It happened as the pensioner was walking home from the shops and stopped to catch his breath on Laburnum Avenue in Leigh at 6.35pm on Sunday.
As he was learning on a fencepost resting, he was confronted by a man on a bicycle who punched the elderly victim in the stomach and shouted an obscenity at him.
The offender, who made no attempt to steal anything from the pensioner, then rode off down Willow Crescent.
The victim was not seriously injured but was left badly shaken up as a result of his ordeal.
PC Paul Hesketh said: "This was an utterly bizarre and completely unprovoked attack on a vulnerable member of our community.
"He was simply trying to get his breath back having walked back from the local shops, and for no reason whatsoever was punched and sworn at by a young man who had absolutely no cause to stoop to such a callous act.
"Thankfully the victim is not seriously injured although you can imagine his distress at being targeted in this violent way.
"I know members of our community are extremely upset and appalled by this attack, and I would urge people to use that sense of injustice and outrage to help us find the culprit.
"This individual probably lives in the area so I would encourage anyone who knows who the offender is, or has any information about this shameful attack, to come forward.
"I would also implore who is in the inner circle of friends or family of this offender to do the right thing and come forward with what they know."
The offender is described as white, 19 or 20years old and was wearing a big black jacket and dark coloured trousers. The bicycle was described as being of a BMX-style.