Ham­per gift for as­sault vic­tim

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

KIND-HEARTED staff at a city su­per­mar­ket made it a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber for a 92-year-old great grand­fa­ther who is re­cov­er­ing from an as­sault.

The Evening Tele­graph re­ported last week how Bob Sa­vory was punched in the face while walk­ing his beloved Jack Rus­sell dog Patch along the river Nene in Peter­bor­ough.

Af­ter read­ing the ar­ti­cle, staff at Tesco Metro in Broad­way de­cided to do­nate a fes­tive ham­per to Mr Sa­vory just in time for Christ­mas.

Dawn French, the store’s ser­vice man­ager, said: “We were all sad­dened to hear about what hap­pened to Mr Sa­vory and wanted to do some- thing to help him. We put to­gether a ham­per filled with fruit, bis­cuits, crisps, choco­lates, mince pies and drinks.

“Mr Sa­vory looked very pleased when we handed it to him and we hope it helps him on his road to re­cov­ery.”

Avril Bed­dows, a daugh­ter of Mr Sa­vory, said: “This shows there are still some kind-hearted peo­ple out there.”

“It was a lovely ges­ture and Bob couldn’t be­lieve it when he heard what the staff had done from him.”

Mr Sa­vory suf­fered a black eye and cut to his face dur­ing the at­tack on July 28 and has spent the past few months re­cov­er­ing at home.

Mean­while, Mr Sa­vory’s at­tacker Adam Strang­ward (27) has writ­ten on the Evening Tele­graph’s web­site about the in­ci­dent.

He states: “I feel huge re­morse for what hap­pened. I was try­ing to pro­tect my­self from his dog. The dog ran up snarling and snap­ping mak­ing my three young kids scream and nearly run into the river.

“I kicked out at the dog to keep it away from my chil­dren. Mr Sa­vory started to swing his walk­ing stick at me and I lashed out in blind panic.”

Strang­ward ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court last week and pleaded guilty to as­sault by beat­ing. He was re­leased on bail un­til Jan­uary 12 for sen­tenc­ing.

CAR­ING: Bob Sa­vory, cen­tre, re­ceives the ham­per, with, from left, Avril Bed­dows, Mr Sa­vory’s daugh­ter, Chris Field­ing, Tesco store man­ager, Dawn French, Tesco ser­vices man­ager, and Pauline Mor­gan, Mr Sa­vory’s daugh­ter.

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