Horror brick attack leaves Oldham ex-soldier blind in one eye
AFORMER soldier has been left blind in one eye after a horror brick attack just three weeks after he got married.
John Young, 66, and his new wife Elaine, 54, have spoken of their devastation and anger after yobs hurled missiles at John’s home in Oldham.
One shattered a window and John, a retired lorry driver who served in Northern Ireland, was hit in the face by a second brick thrown as he opened his front door to investigate.
They were enjoying a glass of prosecco in the lounge and discussing sending out thank you cards to wedding guests at the time.
The couple, who met at a charity function in Southport 15 months ago, tied the knot in Gretna Green, Scotland, in late March.
Doctors initially told John that they may have to remove his left eye. Further tests have ruled that out, but he will never see out of it again.
The 2.10am attack on Keswick Avenue, Fitton Hill, is being treated as motiveless.
Police believe it could have been yobs ‘messing around’.
John, who suffers from arthritis, said: “The doctors have done their best, which is good enough for me.
“We are not dealing with rational people here. The only way to describe them is hooligans.
“They should be put down for a long time. My wife and friends have been pillars of strength.
“I grabbed my walking stick and went outside, which was a silly thing to do as I have my wife to think about.
“I saw a man crouching down on the path, saying ‘come on, come on’. Then my face went funny and I was in the back of the ambulance.”
The couple are still hoping to go on honeymoon to Malta next month.
John said: “If I can get on the plane then I’m there, but it’s up to the doctors.”
Elaine, who works for the Alzheimer’s Society, added: “We had opened a bottle of prosecco and were talking about the wedding cards.
“I just saw a bloke at the window and then John went out. There was blood everywhere and I was terrified.”
Det Con Gareth Gwilliam appealed for witnesses.
He said: “It might be there is no motive other than the culprits were messing around and for whatever reason, thought it would be funny to throw bricks at someone’s house.
“However, there is absolutely nothing funny or clever about what they did and as a result of their wanton and reckless actions, this man has been left with a permanent disability and a loss of sight.
“We need to establish who was responsible for this senseless incident and bring them to justice.
“I would therefore urge anyone who saw anything, or if you suspect who may be involved, to call us immediately.”
Call police on 0161 856 3639 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
●● Elaine and John Young. John was blinded after yobs threw a missile at him outside his home