Family offer reward to find gang who attacked war veteran, 84

Alfred Holt is recovering in hospital after being attacked at his local shop by a gang of youths
Alfred Holt is recovering in hospital after being attacked at his local shop by a gang of youths
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A REWARD has been offered by relatives of a World War Two veteran who was attacked by a gang who refused to move from a shop door they were blocking.

Relatives of Alfred Holt, aged 84, from Thorne, hope the money will help track down the attackers who left him a broken hip and bruising to his face.

Mr Holt is recovering in hospital after being punched and kicked outside the Mace Allday Everyday store on Haynes Road, Thorne.

Mr Holt, who served in Egypt during the war, is still in a wheelchair after the attack.

His grandson Glenn Holt said: “It’s disgusting – I can’t believe the mentality of someone who would do this to an 84-year-old man.

“He’s really shaken up and has got memory loss. He said when he was punched in the face it felt like an iron fist had hit him.

“He just asked them if they would let him past because they were blocking the door. He said they punched him and were kicking him on the ground.

“He is in a wheelchair at the minute but we don’t know what he’ll be like when he comes out of hospital. I think this has scared him.

“He has always been quite independent.”

Mr Holt said the family is offering a cash reward for information about the assault which happened at about 8pm on Tuesday, March 8. They hope the money will help bring to justice whoever carried out the attack.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “We are aware of the incident.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information, should call police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident 218 of March 8.