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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

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