92-year-old beaten up by yob, 27

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

Fam­ily’s out­rage af­ter pen­sioner punched in the face in row over pet dog

A FAM­ILY have de­scribed their out­rage af­ter a 92-year-old great­grand­fa­ther was punched in the face by a yob af­ter an ar­gu­ment over his pet dog.

Bob Sa­vory was as­saulted as he walked his beloved Jack Rus­sell dog Patch along the River Nene in Peter­bor­ough on July 28.

Mr Sa­vory, who uses a walk­ing stick, claims that he was asked to keep Patch on a lead by 27-year-old Adam Strang­ward, which re­sulted in the pair be­com­ing em­broiled in an ar­gu­ment.

Strang­ward, of Have­lock Drive, Peter­bor­ough, ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day and pleaded guilty to one charge of as­sault by beat­ing.

He was re­leased on bail to re­turn to court for sen­tenc­ing on Jan­uary 12.

Mr Sa­vory, a re­tired brick­layer, of Sand­piper Drive, Peter­bor­ough, suf­fered a black eye and cut to his face in the at­tack.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment he has spent the past months re­cov­er­ing at his home.

His daugh­ter Avril Bed­dows (54) said: “This was a cal­lous, un­pro­voked at­tack on a 92-year-old man who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“It’s dis­gust­ing that any­one could even con­tem­plate hurt­ing a harm­less old man. How can this man have any in­tegrity?

“My dad has al­ways been a happy-golucky man but now his per­son­al­ity has changed. He had a hip re­place­ment 12 years ago and dur­ing the at­tack he fell on his new hip - now his leg is in con­stant pain. I hope Strang­ward gets his just desserts in court.”

Mrs Bed­dows claims that her fa­ther was walk­ing Patch along the river bank and en­joy­ing the sum­mer’s day when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

She said: “A man ap­proached my dad and asked him to put Patch on a lead. My dad re­fused and they started an ar­gu­ment.

“This led to my dad be­ing punched in the face and he fell to the ground. He was in a lot of pain.

“My dad says that he didn’t pro­voke the ar­gu­ment or do any­thing to war­rant be­ing punched in the face.

“His eye was all swollen up, he had blood run­ning down his face and he could barely walk af­ter­wards. It was hor­ri­ble to see him in that state.”

Pauline Mor­gan (62), an­other daugh­ter, said that her fa­ther’s con­fi­dence had been shat­tered fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and that he no longer liked ven­tur­ing out­doors.

She said: “He was a very ac­tive, out-go­ing, 92-year-old man who used to walk Patch ev­ery day but he sel­dom does that now.

“My dad’s wife Bar­bara died just over two years ago and we then got dad Patch to keep him com­pany.

“Patch and him be­came very close and my dad loved walk­ing him down by the river - he would do that route ev­ery day for two hours at a time.

“He still goes out and walks with Patch but these are much shorter and hap­pen less reg­u­larly.

“My dad is a strong char­ac­ter and will make a full re­cov­ery but this re­ally hit him for six.

“He didn’t de­serve what hap­pened to him.”

SENSE­LESS AS­SAULT: A pic­ture of Bob Sa­vory (92), taken by a rel­a­tive us­ing a mo­bile phone, shows his in­jury af­ter he was at­tacked when he was out walk­ing his dog.

out­rage: Bob Sa­vory.

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