Radio Sandwell Miscellanea

Man charged after mugging of Gateshead disabled man

2015-02-09 23:28:37

Alan Barnes

A man has been charged with assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes in Gateshead, for whom £300,000 was subsequently raised in donations

Mr Barnes, 67, suffered a broken collarbone when he was knocked to the ground outside his home in Gateshead, on 25 January.

An online fundraising campaign set up on his behalf raised £330,135.


Alan Barnes: "It's like magic really, I didn't expect anything"

Richard Gatiss, 25, of Gateshead, will appear before magistrates in the town on Tuesday.

He has been charged with assault with intent to rob, police said.

Beautician Katie Cutler launched an online fundraising campaign, after being moved by Mr Barnes's plight.

The campaign quickly snowballed and attracted donations from almost 25,000 people from all over the world.

Mr Barnes lived with disabilities from birth, after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant.

He will be presented with a cheque at Newcastle's Assembly Rooms on 13 February.

Source: bbc.co.uk

Share this story

Related Stories

Miscellanea around the web

Proof of Alien life? Mysterious living bacteria found OUTSIDE International Space Station

‘MOON HOAX': Footage of NASA lunar buggy ‘EDITED’ as moon landing FAKE, theory claims

BLACK PROJECT? Has secret site of grounded TR-3B triangle UFO been found on Google Earth?

‘Aliens have been visiting Earth for THOUSANDS years’ claims ex-defence minister

Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves

ISS HOAX? Does this video prove that the International Space Station is really on Earth?

UFO hunter who 'found alien buildings on Mercury' says 'Men in Black' tried to silence him

NIBIRU DOOM? Does Donald Trump know the truth about threat of Planet X?

Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets

‘Scientist’ will launch himself in homemade rocket to prove Earth is flat and NASA lied

Image Slider