War veteran Alfred beaten up by gang

In hospital: Alfred Holt, 84.
In hospital: Alfred Holt, 84.
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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, hope the money will help track down the attackers who left him with a broken hip and bruising to his face.

Mr Holt, who served in Egypt during the war, is still in a wheelchair in hospital after the attack outside the Mace Allday Everyday store on Haynes Road, Thorne, Doncaster.

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 in the hope they can bring to justice whoever carried out the attack at about 8pm on Tuesday March 8.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call police.